At its inception, the second-generation V70 XC was given a significant reworking. It had a ground clearance of 8.2 in (210 mm) due, in part, to a raised suspension, different bodywork, and AWD as standard. A grab handle for the front passenger was installed only on the V70 XC model. Early V70 XC featured special rearview mirrors; after 2003, this feature that was discontinued. So, if your V70 XC does end up having a problem, Volvo V70 XC repair manual may help the repair process go more smoothly.
The gearbox and engine options were limited. The only options were the 2.5 L low-pressure turbo or the D5 diesel engine with either a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission. In North America, no diesel version was offered. In 2003, the model was renamed the XC70, in keeping with Volvo's newly launched XC90.
To mark their sponsorship of the renamed Volvo Ocean Race, in 2001, a special Ocean Race edition of the V70 and V70 XC were announced. In 2002, it was finally unveiled for the vehicles. It had a silver exterior trim and roof rails, it only came in a unique blue color, as well as various badging, which set the models apart from non-Ocean Race models.
In 2005, Volvo resurrected the V70 and XC70 Ocean Race Editions. Unveiled in early 2005, they were once again were only available in the unique hue of dark blue. They had upgraded most of the standard equipment and styling touches such as specific alloy wheels, leather seats with contrast stitching, blue interior trim, and lastly the Ocean Race badges on the outside. So, remember if you ever need help servicing your V70 XC, having a VolvoV70 XC service manual can make the job go smoother.