Tuesday, October 10th 2006
I almost fell over backwards today when I saw a photo of the new (MK III) Volvo V70.
What are they thinking at Volvo? Honestly. I tend to be positive about most things they do at Volvo, but that is just plain ugly. It’s hard to put it into words &ndash however, I’ll give it a go.
The lights are (or look) even larger than those on the current V70. And that’s no small feat from the design office! And the angled/hexagonal framing of the rear windscreen is alot of things, but definately not Volvo.
I don’t get it. They made the tail of the S80 so sleek and stylish – and now this! The new V70 is an entirely different beast.
Granted, I thougth the lights of the old V70 (Mk II) looked a bit odd too, and I always thought they should have put the bottom white patch further up.
Thankfully, the new V70 looks better from the side. The tailgate is more upright than on the V50, but still slightly angled. The wheelbase has been increased by 8 cm to 284 cm, which contributes to the powerful silhouette.
These spy pictures, published by Teknikens Värld, are of such good quality that you suspect an
official leak, blessed by the company leadership. And since the car is going to be presented in the spring, I get a feeling they aren’t going to be making any changes to that Picaso of a rear end.
Teknikens Värld claim there’ll be a V70 R AWD sometime around 2008/2009. Supposedly it will have a turbocharged version of the V8 currently in the S80, producing 370 bhp! I’ll believe that when I see it. Volvo just don’t take that big steps in power. (The current top-of-the-line being the S80 V8 AWD with 315 bhp.)
Update: After having stared at that white thing quite a bit I guess I could get used to it. But I’m not the only one reacting the way I did when I first saw it…