Volvo S70

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Volvo S70
Volvo S70 -- 02-29-2012.JPG
Volvo S70 (US)
Overview
Manufacturer Volvo
Production 1996–2000 (242,916 units)[1]
Model years 1997–2000
Assembly Torslanda, Sweden
Ghent, Belgium[2]
Halifax, Canada (VHA)
Designer Peter Horbury (exterior)
José Luis Diaz de la Vega (interior)[3][4][5]
Body and chassis
Class Compact executive car (D)
Body style 4-door saloon
Layout Front engine,
front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive
Platform Volvo P80 platform
Related Volvo V70
Powertrain
Engine 2.0 L I5 (petrol)[6]
2.3 L I5 (petrol)
2.4 L I5 (petrol)[7]
2.4 L I5 turbo (petrol)[8]
2.5 L I5 (petrol)[9]
2.5 L I5 turbo (petrol)[10]
2.5 L I5 (diesel)[11]
Transmission 5-speed Volvo M56 manual,
5-speed Volvo M58 manual,
5-speed Volvo M59 manual,
4-speed Aisin AW50-42LE automatic,
5-speed Aisin AW55-50/51SN automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,664 mm (104.9 in)
2,654 mm (104.5 in) (AWD)
Length 4,722 mm (185.9 in)
Width 1,760 mm (69.3 in)
Height 1,402 mm (55.2 in)
1,448 mm (57.0 in) (AWD)
Kerb weight 1,428–1,510 kg (3,148–3,329 lb)[12] (FWD)
1,600–1,635 kg (3,527–3,605 lb)[13] (AWD)
Chronology
Predecessor Volvo 850 saloon
Successor Volvo S60

The Volvo S70 was a compact executive car marketed and produced by the Swedish manufacturer Volvo from 1996[14] to 2000.[15][16] The S70 was essentially a facelifted 850 saloon. The S70 was replaced with the Volvo S60.

Overview[edit]

Introduced in Europe in late 1996 for the 1997 model year and later in the U.S. for the 1998 model year, the Volvo S70 was an updated version of the Volvo 850 saloon.[17] The S70's body style was overall more rounded compared to its predecessor. Changes included a redesigned front end with new lights, fully colour-coded bumpers and side trim, andclear indicator lenses for the rear lights. A redesigned interior . According to Volvo a total of 1800 changes were made.[18]

Standard equipment was improved with remote central locking, heated & electrically adjustable mirrors, 4 airbags, power brakes with ABS and power windows being standard on every car. Trim levels varied for each market as did the equipment levels of the most basic trims. In the United States, the badging denoted the engine variant and to some extent the equipment level, were as in Europe engine and options could be chosen individually. On all markets more powerful versions usually received better or upgraded standard equipment. The T5 and R were the series high-performance models.

For model year 1999 a minor facelift was introduced. Apart from very minor cosmetic changes, such as a slightly different Volvo badge on the front grille and US models now being equipped with side markers on the front fenders, most changes were done to the mechanicals. Volvo introduced its second generation side airbag which increased in volume to offer better protection.[19] WHIPS, Volvo's system to minimize whiplash injuries, was also introduced as part of the standard equipment. New engine management systems with drive-by-wire replaced the mechanical throttle as well as bringing with them an upgraded traction control. Now including throttle as well as brake intervention it was renamed STC. The ABS was upgraded from a three-channel to a four-channel system, All-wheel drive models received thicker rear discs and redesigned rear calipers.All automatic transmissions were now equipped with adaptive shift-logic, replacing the previous 3-mode selection. A starter interlock was added to models with manual transmissions.

For model year 2000 a new 5-speed automatic transmission with adaptive shift-logic was introduced. It was only available on non turbo front-wheel drive models.

Models[edit]

S70[edit]

With the S70 Volvo continued to offer a mid-size saloon. With a variety of models and options it was well received but outsold by its stationwagon variant the V70.[1][20] With engines choices ranging from 126PS to 250PS, and a diesel engine finally being available for the saloon as well as the Bi-Fuel there was something for everyone. Market adjustments meant that outside of Europe no TDI or Bi-Fuel models were available.

Specialised versions for the fleet market, such as a taxi and police variant, were now available from the factory. Notable uses of police S70's were by some British highway patrol forces[21] and even some North American police forces.[22][23][24]

S70 AWD[edit]

From model year 1998 to 2000 a S70 AWD was offered.[25] It used the same drivetrain as the AWD estate, with the exception of the rear self-leveling suspension being an option rather than a standard feature. The only available engine was the 193 bhp 2.4L turbo that was either coupled to a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission.

S70 R[edit]

A S70 'R' version was introduced in 1997 for the 1998 model year[26] and offered the highest performance of all S70 models. The engine was an extra-tuned edition of the 2319 cc unit, rated at 250 horsepower (186 kW; 253 PS) and 350 newton metres (258 lbf·ft) for models fitted with a five-speed manual gearbox and limited slip differential. Models fitted with a four-speed automatic gearbox rated at 240 horsepower (179 kW; 243 PS) and 330 newton metres (243 lbf·ft). Only FWD versions were produced. The model was only available in Europe and few select other countries.

Similar to the estate model the S70 R came with a unique leather/alcantara interior that featured diamond stitching on the seats. Further styling touches were a special front bumper, blue gauge faces for the instrument cluster, the option to have the car in a R specific colour and a choice of unique 16" or 17" alloy wheels. Standard equipment was substantially upgraded over normal models with few options available such as a trunk mounted CD-changer, RTI navigation system or an upgraded stereo system. Production ended with the 1998 model year.

Engines[edit]

Volvo Modular Engine (Petrol)
Model Engine code Year(s) Power Torque @rpm Displacement 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph)
2.0 10V B5202FS 1997-1998 126 PS (93 kW; 124 hp) 170 N·m (130 lb·ft) @4800 1,984 cc (121.1 in3) 11.7 s (Manual)
12.1 s (Auto)
2.5 10V B5252FS 1997-1999 144 PS (106 kW; 142 hp) 206 N·m (152 lb·ft) @3300 2,435 cc (148.6 in3) 10.2 s (Manual)
10.6 s (Auto)
2.5 20V B5254FS 1997-1999 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) 220 N·m (160 lb·ft) @3300 2,435 cc (148.6 in3) 8.9 s (Manual)
10.0 s (Auto)
2.5 20V B5254S[27] 1999 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) 220 N·m (160 lb·ft) @3300 2,435 cc (148.6 in3) 8.9 s (Manual)
10.0 s (Auto)
2.0T B5204T2 1997-2000 180 PS (132 kW; 178 hp) 240 N·m (180 lb·ft) @1800 1,984 cc (121.1 in3)
2.4T
2.4T AWD
B5254T[27] 1997-1999 193 PS (142 kW; 190 hp) 270 N·m (200 lb·ft) @1800 2,435 cc (148.6 in3) 7.8 s (Manual)
8.2 s (Auto)
T5 2.0 B5204T3 1997-1999 230 PS (169 kW; 227 hp) 310 N·m (230 lb·ft) @2700 1,984 cc (121.1 in3)
T5 2.3 B5234T3[27] 1997-2000 240 PS (177 kW; 237 hp) 330 N·m (240 lb·ft) @2700 2,319 cc (141.5 in3)
R
(Manual)
B5234T4 1998 250 PS (184 kW; 247 hp) 350 N·m (260 lb·ft) @2700 2,319 cc (141.5 in3) 6.8 s
R
(Auto)
B5234T3 1998 240 PS (177 kW; 237 hp) 330 N·m (240 lb·ft) @2700 2,319 cc (141.5 in3)
Diesel engines
Model Engine code Year(s) Power Torque @rpm Displacement 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph)
TDI* D5252T (MSA 15.7)[28] 1997-1999 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) 290 N·m (210 lb·ft) @1900 2,460 cc (150.1 in3) 9.9 s (Manual)
10.7 s (Auto)
TDI* D5252T (MSA 15.8)**[28] 1999-2000 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) 290 N·m (210 lb·ft) @1900 2,460 cc (150.1 in3) 9.9 s (Manual)
10.7 s (Auto)
Gas
Model Engine code Year(s) Power Tourqe @rpm Displacement 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph)
Bi-Fuel B5244SG 1998-2000 144 PS (106 kW; 142 hp) 206 N·m (152 lb·ft) @3300 2,435 cc (148.6 in3)
  • *Volvo used a modified version of the 2.5 TDI VAG engine
  • **For 1999 the engine management system was updated to comply with emission regulations.

See also[edit]

  • Volvo 850, preceding model, largely a pre-facelift version
  • Volvo V70, estate version based on the same platform and bearing the same design
  • Volvo S40, compact model bearing a similar front end design

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ showing special colour Saffran Metallic
  2. ^ showing optional rear spoiler and S70 R badging

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Volvo S70 Production Statistics". Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Facilities | Ford Motor Company Newsroom". Media.ford.com. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  3. ^ Interview CarFile 07/13/1998
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  9. ^ "Volvo S70 2.5 - 4-doors, sedan". Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
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  11. ^ "Volvo S70 2.5 D Comfort - 4-doors, sedan". Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
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  13. ^ "2000 Volvo S & V70". Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  14. ^ https://www.media.volvocars.com/global/en-gb/models/s70/1996
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  17. ^ http://www.vlvworld.com/indexframe.html?850/Production.htm
  18. ^ [2] UK press release
  19. ^ system description by Volvo http://www.volvogroup.com/group/global/en-gb/newsmedia/pressreleases/previous/1998/_layouts/CWP.Internet.VolvoCom/NewsItem.aspx?News.ItemId=22963&News.Language=en-gb
  20. ^ https://www.media.volvocars.com/global/en-gb/media/pressreleases/49838/volvo-v70-gen-iv70xc-1996-20001
  21. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/2729719/Buyers-guide-Volvo-S70V70-96-04.html
  22. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/1999/apr/18/news/mn-28701
  23. ^ http://cvolvo.com/central/Aylmer/Aylmer.html
  24. ^ http://policecars1.tripod.com/Canada/chaudiere.htm%7CCanadian police S70
  25. ^ http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/volvo-s60-awd-road-test
  26. ^ https://www.media.volvocars.com/global/en-gb/media/pressreleases/49837/volvo-s70-1996-20001
  27. ^ a b c https://www.volvoclub.org.uk/webmanuals/1998/1998_S70_V70_OwnersManual.pdf
  28. ^ a b http://www.volvopedia.de/index.php?title=D5252T