Volvo XC90 is a mid-size crossover. It is based on the P2 platform, shared with the Volvo S80 and other large Volvo cars. Volvo XC90 is also Volvo’s best selling model worldwide. The Volvo XC90 SUV is one of the world’s best safety performing luxury SUVs. The Volvo XC90 has been used as bench mark when it comes to safety features such as the front, side, and rear impact crash tests. The Volvo XC90 is also known for the world’s best performance in the SUV roll over test, as many other premium brands neglect to test this feature on their models. The Volvo XC90 front end is specifically designed to absorb frontal impacts and also deflect any pedestrians up on to the hood of the vehicle rather than underneath the bonnet. Volvo has patented the unique frontal structure that has renowned crumple zones, and a pre-determined positions for the engine and other ancillaries during a frontal impact. The updated Volvo XC90 that was scheduled for 2010 introduction, has been canceled. Instead, the current model will undergo a facelift that will keep it on the market until 2012. Volvo has stated that the second generation Volvo XC90 is not canceled altogether, as rumored, but its introduction could be delayed.
The Volvo XC60 is a product SUV revealed by Volvo at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. According to Wheels24, the Premier Automotive Group had planned to reveal the compact crossover to the public in late 2006. It is scheduled to go on sale for the 2009 model year. The Volvo XC60 is projected to includes traditional Volvo safety features that would include whiplash protection system, side impact protection system, roll stability control, dynamic stability and traction control, inflatable curtain), hill descent control, collision warning with brake support, active bixenon lights, and patented front, side, and rear structures. The CUV also has a safety system called City Safety which brakes the vehicle automatically when traveling under 30 mph (48 km/h). Volvo also implemented the system to assist in towing carvans and trailers. The Volvo XC60 will be offered with a turbo charged six cylinder engine with a Haldex all wheel drive system, and a 6-speed automatic. The turbo 3.0 I6 produces 281 hp (210 kW) and 295 ft·lbf (400 N·m). of torque.
The Volvo 940 is among the last in the long-running line of large rear-wheel drive cars from Volvo. Introduced in 1991, the Volvo 940 was essentially a cosmetic reskinning of the 740. All drivetrains, and most options available in the Volvo 940 had been available in the 740. The Volvo 940 was more closely related to the 740 than the 760, sharing the same dashboard, drivetrain choices, and sheet metal from the A-pillar forward. In contrast, the 960 was an evolution of the 760. The 760 / 960 front sheet metal, independent rear suspension, dashboard, and other interior features were all exclusive to the two upscale models. In the United States, the 1991 940 was offered in three versions: the 940GLE used a 16-valve version of the 2.3-liter engine, the Volvo 940 Turbo used a turbocharged 2.3-liter, and the top-end 940SE (turbo) included body-colored trim, and the premium features (leather, power seats/moonroof, etc.) as standard equipment. In 1992, the 940 GLE was downgraded with a 114 bhp 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine and sold as the 940 GL (or basic 940 in some export markets). The 940 SE was altered in such a fashion that it was a 960 Turbo sold as the 940 SE, but the 940 Turbo remained largely unchanged. Production of the 940 series ended in 1998.
In the U.S., the Volvo 740 was offered from 1985 to 1992 as a 4-door sedan (known internally as the 744) and a 5-door station wagon (known internally as the 745). Production of the 740 ceased in 1992, though the engine, transmission, chassis, and other details lived on in the Volvo 940 (see below), which was essentially a re-skinned 740. Though out of production for close to 15 years, the majority of these cars are still on the road today, thanks to robust construction and engines known to run for hundreds of thousands of miles. In 1990 the Volvo 740 received a minor facelift with new composite headlamps and 780-style tail lights. In 1991, both the 740 and the newly introduced 940 received an updated dashboard, similar in appearance to the ones found in the 760. The Volvo 740 remained mostly unchanged for the 1992 model year, and was phased out in 1993 in favor of the Volvo 940. Aside from styling, 1990 marked a number of mechanical improvements to the 740 series. The B230 motor received larger 13 mm connecting rods. The Volvo 740 Turbo switched from the Garrett T3-series turbocharger to the Mitsubishi TD04 series, offering quicker spool-up and better low-RPM boost at the expense of top-end performance. The fuel system was upgraded from Bosch LH-Jetronic 2.2 to 2.4 (in 1988 for naturally aspirated cars, 1990 for Turbo cars). The newer fuel system offered onboard diagnostics, which are easily accessible from under the hood, and require no special equipment. In 1992, the final year for the 740, the mechanical engine cooling fan was replaced with an electric fan. In short, many of the mechanical lackings of the 1985-89 740s were ironed out in the 1990-92 model years. The 1990-92 Volvo 700-series cars may very well represent one of the most reliable 4-door passenger sedans of its era due to a limited number of engineering limitations and solid build quality.
The Volvo S60 is a compact executive/entry-level luxury sedan. The second generation Volvo S60 is scheduled to arrive to show rooms some time during 2009. This new sedan will show off Volvo’s completely new design language already seen in the Volvo XC60 concept. This new sedan will ride on the same platform as the XC60 and expect to see the next generation V50 become the estate variant for this new sedan. The new Volvo S60, V50, and XC60 will all ride on the Volvo P24 platform. Volvo has confirmed that the new S60 will become the true new rival for the Mercedes C-class, Audi A4 and the BMW 3-series, as Volvo is undergoing new product alignment. The S60 will shrink in size to fit this role more precisely and avoid any confusion with the S80. New features would include the new large Volvo iron symbol, parallel to the grille day running lamps, and larger spaced letters in the brand name on rear. The last of the first generation S60 is set to roll of the factory line in Ghent in December 2008. In early 2008 the new Volvo S60 was sighted on Volvo’s test facility and also sighted parked at Volvo Torslanda Plant. The new entry level luxury sedan is expected to carry over the radical new look of Volvo that was warmly received by the public with the new Volvo XC60. The Volvo S60 is also reported to have the V50 as its new estate version, as the S40 is speculated to end production at the end of the current product cycle in 2009.
The Volvo S70 is a compact executive car / mid-size luxury car produced by the Swedish automaker Volvo from 1997 to 2000. The S70 was the sedan and the V70 the station wagon; they both represented mainly new styling and revised suspensions from the 1993 through 1997 Volvo 850. The S70 was replaced with the Volvo S60, which is in fact smaller in size. The base engine was a 2.4-liter dual overhead cam straight-5 gasoline engine that produced a maximum output of 168 hp (125 kW). The GLT had a turbocharged version of that engine that increased the power to 190 hp (141 kw). The T5 had a more highly tuned 2.3-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with an output of 236 hp (175 kw). The Base and T5 models had an optional five-speed manual transmission, the GL and GLT were available with only an automatic transmission. An option on the S70 was the TRACS traction control system that would apply the front brakes to limit wheel slippage. All models had disc brakes and anti-lock braking system. These were also among the first cars in the United States to offer side airbags, an option that has extended to nearly all models today. All-wheel drive was also offered with the GLT model in 1999 and 2000 years.
The Volvo 850 is a mid-size luxury car, that would also be considered a compact executive car. The Volvo 850 was introduced worldwide as a 1992 model, except for the U.S. where it arrived in the 1993 model year. It was sold as a sedan, with a wagon model on sale from 1994. The 850 was the first model in the U.S. to feature front-wheel drive and an all-aluminum 20-valve five-cylinder engine. The 850 was Volvo’s top-seller in the mid-1990s. In markets outside the U.S. a 10-valve variant of the five-cylinder was popular for its lower cost and better fuel economy. The 850 Turbo Wagon is one of the fastest production station wagons in the world, capable of 250+ km/h (160+ mph) when ungoverned. Production models of the wagon and sedan are electronically governed to approximately 142 mph (229 km/h). In 1996 a Platinum edition of the 850 Turbo was available. The exterior paint for these models came in a metallic pearl platinum-color. The interior was fitted with leather seats and burled walnut accents. Only 120 sedans and 80 wagons were produced for the U.S. market.