The stylish Volvo S70 is a luxury car produced for the 1998-2001 model years. Volvo Cars, a Swedish company, introduced the sedan in 1998 as an updated version of the Volvo 850. Compared to its predecessor, the mid-sized Volvo S70 has an especially rounded body, additional safety features and enhanced performance. Volvo eventually replaced the car with the smaller Volvo S60.
The S70 was manufactured at Sweden's Torslanda plant, as well as in Halifax, Canada, and Ghent, Belgium. As a traditional sedan, it seats five passengers. It is considered a family car and boasts industry-leading safety features. At the same time, even the Base S70 is known for its performance, thanks to a new electronic brake modulation system and a standard 2.4-liter, 5-cylinder engine. When the car was first introduced, its standard engine could reach an impressive 168 horsepower, while the optional 2.3-liter turbocharged engine was rated at 236 horsepower.
This car was first introduced in 1997 for the 1998 model year. It stood out from previous Volvos by boasting both front and side airbags. The S70 received a minor update for 1999 a new Volvo badge plus a coil-on-plug ignition as a replacement for the distributor and high-tension spark plug leads. More significant changes came for the car's 2001 European model, including a smaller body, modifications to the airbag design, a new anti-whiplash system and a new five-speed automatic transmission system. With the changes, the vehicle's horsepower was boosted to 261. In the U.S., this car became known as the S60.
Trim-level options for the S70, in addition to the Base, were: the SE; the GL or Grand Lux; the GLT or Grand Lux Turbo (available with all-wheel drive); the T5 (a 5-cylinder Turbo); and the high-performing Volvo S70 R (exclusive to Europe). The Base S70 and the T5 were available in both automatic and manual. The Volvo S70 GL and GLT were available with automatic transmissions only. A Dynaudio sound system was optional on all models and a TRACS system to help minimize slippage was made available in 1999.
The S70 stands out even among Volvos for its exceptional safety features: anti-lock brakes, the patented WHIPS system, side airbags and more. The stylish design and smart diesel engine options help make it a sought-after ride. Join the owners who understand why the Volvo S70 was named Estate Car of the Year" by five independent car magazines.
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