The Volvo V70 was an executive car produced and sold by Volvo from 1996 to 2016 across three generations. Their popularity is in many ways due to what they had under the hood. To help keep the engine in top shape, make sure you have a handy Volvo V70 workshop manual.
The first-generation ran from 1996 to 2000, launched in November 1996. Based on the P80 platform, it was offered in both FWD and AWD, the latter was sold as the V70 AWD. In 1997 a variant called the V70 XC or V70 Cross Country was unveiled. And lastly, the sedan model was branded the Volvo S70. Using the basis of the Volvo 850 estate, Volvo improved it, and thus the V70 was born. Overall, its design became more rounded than its predecessor. A few minor cosmetic and significant technical improvements were made for the 1999 model year.
For the model year 2000 a new 5-speed automatic transmission with adaptive shift logic was introduced. It was only available on non-turbo, FWD models and the 2000 V70 R AWD. The naturally aspirated 10V engine was replaced by a detuned 20V variant. The drive-by-wire throttle was introduced for all non-turbo petrol engines. The 2.0L V70 XC was discontinued.
From 2000 to 2007, the second-generation Volvo V70 was manufactured and sold. The P2 platform was the platform chosen to be its, and an AWD version continued to be sold as the V70 AWD, and the crossover version was still offered as well ─ V70 XC. By 2003, the crossover was christened the XC70, while Volvo S60 was the sedan version of the V70.
Unveiled in February 2007, the third-generation V70 was produced from 2007-2016. Although it was still marketed as the V70 and XC70, it was now based on the P3 platform. By April 2016, production was ceased on the V70; however, the XC70 continued to be manufactured until May 2016. For this generation, the sedan was named the Volvo S80.
Volvo launched the second-generation V70 to most countries in early 2000, including North America. Built on the Volvo P2 platform, the second generation shared significant styling and mechanical and styling commonality with the Volvo S60 saloon.
For 2005, all P2 platform Volvos received a slight facelift across all markets. Some changes were also made to the electrical system and some of the engines, for instance, diesel engine models were given a particle filter. In addition, too new 6-speed automatic transmission was offered in both FWD and AWD configurations. Manufacturing and production of the second-generation V70 and XC70 ended after the 2007 model year.
In February 2007, Volvo debuted the third generation. Based on the Volvo P3 platform, it shared numerous attributed as well as general styling with the second-generation Volvo S80. The V70 was made available for the first time with four- and six-cylinder engines. The high-performance V70R AWD models were discontinued this third generation, only a mostly cosmetic R-Design package was made available.
After the model year 2011, Volvo discontinued sales of the V70 in North America, instead marketing the FWD variant of the XC70. Although the V70 is no longer in production, that doesnít mean you canít find them on the road. And if you ever find yourself having to work on one of these vehicles, having a Volvo V70 service manual can make the job go more smoothly.