The Volvo V70 and S80 DRIVe models will come equipped with a 1.6-litre diesel engine and manual gearbox with specially tailored engine software and specifically configured ratios in third, fourth and fifth gears.
The optimised powertrain is a major aid in helping Volvo's larger cars significantly cut their fuel consumption and CO2 emissions to 57.6 mpg and 129 g/km respectively.
Several other factors also contribute to the reduction in fuel consumption, for example the tyres that have been specially designed for low rolling resistance. The Volvo V70 and S80 DRIVe versions are also equipped with an electric power steering pump that delivers exactly the servo assistance the driver requires, in a precise and energy-efficient way. All DRIVe models feature this power steering system. The Volvo V70 also features a covered grille to aid aerodynamics and a lowered chassis (20 mm front, 15 mm rear).
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