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Volvo goes cross-country

Volvo has revealed its new look and pricing for its ultimate SUV alternative, the wagon-based XC70.

All-new with a more forceful face and streamlined body, the cross-country capable wagon-on-stilts has again cut in to Audi’s Allroad territory with not only a 3.2-litre straight-six petrol, but with its first diesel in this segment.

The D5 engine familiar from the larger XC90 4WD should propel the smaller XC70 at a greater rate of knots, and also offers leaner fuel consumption figures of around 9L/100km compared to the petrol’s consumption of close to 12L/100km (in XC90).

The six-speed automatic diesel sits atop the range at $60,950, only slightly above the automatic petrol variant at $58,950. The latter has risen in price by roughly 3.5 per cent over the previous base SE trim.

However, Volvo has merged the SE and the luxury LE trim (for now), and the price hike is justified with standard stability and traction control, rear parking sensors, power driver’s seat, an upgraded sound system, and a brand new two-stage inbuilt child booster seat. These seats are standard on all but the C range of Volvo cars, and convert one or even two rear spaces into a child booster seat. The two-stage version allows larger children to continue using the seats, and decrease the risk of injury through an ill-filling seat belt.

The Allroad went diesel-only for its last major facelift earlier this year, and the 3.0-litre TDI AWD sells for $106,000. Not surprisingly, Volvo predict the D5 diesel will make up more than 60 per cent of its XC70 sales.

Also revealed were minor exterior and trim changes to a refreshed 2008 S40 and V50 range, and the still-new C30 hatch and C70 convertible are cleaned out with a mild interior detox.