Currently, Volvo’s SUV lineup offers three models. Mid-size
three-row XC90 is one of the most luxurious vehicles in its
segment. In the compact segment, we have XC60, while the XC40
is subcompact crossover. The smallest vehicle is the youngest
one, released in 2017. Now, the Swedish company is planning the
expansion to other classes. The strongest rumors are pointing
to 2020 Volvo XC70. According to the nomenclature, this one
should take the position between compact and mid-size model. A
five-seater is going to offer better handling and fuel economy
than the XC90. Compared to XC60 there will be more power and
The XC70 used to be a variation of the V70 executive car. For
the first time, fans met XC70 during 1997. Then, it was also
called V70 Cross Country. Compared to the base car, the special
edition had more ground clearance and it was available only
with an AWD. There were also other cosmetic differences, but
these two set up the direction of development for the new
crossover. However, the company discontinued the V70 in 2016.
Now, part of the lineup will be revived with the comeback of
the 2020 Volvo XC70.
2020 Volvo XC70 To be Slotted Between XC60 and XC90
Definitely, Volvo will need more SUVs. The premium carmaker is
very popular. It is among leaders in the mid-size class. But,
they need depth. The 2020 Volvo XC70 will provide that,
probably as a mid-size model with five seats. Everything will
depend on its size. Currently, the largest SUV is 195 inches
long with 117.5 in wheelbase. It is 10 and 5 inches more than
the XC60. The new SUV should be somewhere between.
If we compare it to the compact crossover, the XC70 will
probably use stronger engines. The downside is a higher
consumption. On the other hand, the larger vehicle is safer,
but again, more expensive. Pros over XC60 become cons versus
XC90. Better handling, fuel economy and price are advantages if
you are going after 2020 Volvo XC70. The larger SUV established
its name as one of the most advanced vehicles in the class. The
new one will hardly match the offer of five different drive
setups, including a plug-in hybrid.
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2020 Volvo XC70 Drivetrains
Volvo has an interesting strategy in grading its engine
configurations. The 2.0- liter four-cylinder drivetrain is the
base for all of them. But, you will choose, T4, T5, T6… As you
can guess, the higher the number next to T is, the more power
the engine produces. XC60 and XC90 are using the same
drivetrains. So, the 2020 Volvo XC70 will probably use all of
them as well.
The base setup is T5. It combines a four-pot unit with a
turbocharger and eights-speed automatic gearbox that sends
power to front wheels. Optionally, you can pick an all-wheel
drive. The total output of this system is 250 hp and 260 lb-ft
of torque. The XC70 will return around 25 mpg combined with FWD
and 23 mpg if you opt for AWD. A supercharged 2.0 engine is the
T6 configuration. With this boost, the drivetrain is capable to
burst 315 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. On both
XC70’s siblings, the engine sends power only to all wheels. A
higher output causes a higher consumption, and the gas mileage
drops to 22 mpg. Start/stop system helps you in saving some
fuel. However, drivers are being annoyed with its rough
Last but not the least interesting setup is a plug-in hybrid.
Again, the 2.0-l four-cylinder engine is there, this time
supercharged/turbocharged and paired with an electric motor.
The system distributes power to all wheels exclusively, and an
8-speed gearbox is a router. Popular T8 configuration is good
for 400 hp and 472 pound-feet of torque. The advantage of this
system is that can ride by using electric power only. However,
the range is only 20 miles. Volvo is developing the new
generation of charges, which will cut the current 2.5 hours to
90 minutes or less for a full refill. The home outlets will
need 4 hours.
When Will 2020 Volvo XC70 Be Available?
The new SUV in Volvo’s lineup is not coming so soon. We can see
it next year as a concept before the company starts production.
Currently, the carmaker is working on some other platforms.
Five electric cars will be out in the next two years. We must
add the 2020 Volvo XC70 to this list, with Concept XC being one
of the future vehicles. Well, the company said they want to
develop small models. The XC70 misses this one, but there is
definitely a need for a fresh SUV.
As for all other things, the 2020 Volvo XC70 will cost less
than XC90 and more than a smaller crossover. We can expect it
somewhere around $45,000. With more powerful T6, the price will
be increased to $50k-$55k. Top of the line plug-in hybrid T8
AWD should cost around $65,000.