Volvo’s new, next-generation SUV, the XC90, and the high performance, hi-tech S60 R and V70 R AWD models are destined to be ‘stars of the show’ when they make their UK debut¹ at the British International Motor Show at the NEC from 24 October to 3 November.
The XC90 brings Volvo quality and design into the large Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) market for the first time, and takes a step ahead of its other premium rivals (such as the BMW X5 and Mercedes M-Class) with its handsome exterior, car-like handling, new safety technology, and a luxurious and innovative interior offering the flexibility of up to seven forward facing seats.
The return of Volvo’s ‘R’ models will also cause a stir at the show. With 300bhp and 400Nm of torque, the new S60 R and V70 R offer abundant performance on demand, subtle sporting styling, and bristle with the latest technology, including Haldex AWD and Volvo’s unique ‘Four-C’ (Continuously Controlled Chassis Concept) active chassis system with three choices of suspension settings available at the push of a button: Sport, Advanced Sport and Comfort.
Also at the show are the 2003 S40 and V40 models featuring their latest interior and exterior enhancements, and the XC70 which offers the all-road ability and ground clearance of an SUV in an estate car and is now available with Volvo’s acclaimed ‘D5’ diesel engine and Haldex AWD.
Naturally, Auto Express and What Car? magazines’ ‘Best Estate’, the V70, will also be on the Volvo stand along with the S60 sports saloon, the exclusive C70 convertible, and an executive S80 saloon with Volvo’s Bi-Fuel engine that operates on (cheaper) gas (LPG or CNG) as well as petrol.
In addition, an S60 used in the European Touring Car Championships will be making a special appearance on the Volvo stand for the special Motorsport days of Friday 1 and Saturday 2 November.Published 25 September 2002