Volvo range to receive upgrades Greater efficiency and more technology
16 April 2011
Volvo has announced a series of engine and technology updates for its cars.
The D3 and D5 turbodiesel engines benefit from a number of improvements, the V70 and S80 get the latest 1.6-litre turbodiesel DRIVe engine, while XC60, V70, XC70 and S80 buyers can specify a new infotainment system that includes Volvo’s groundbreaking City Safety and Pedestrian Detection technology.
Updates to Volvo D3 and D5 engines
Starting with the D5 engine, Volvo has upgraded this 2.4-litre turbodiesel with increased power and torque (pulling power), while also improving fuel consumption and emissions.
It now produces 212bhp and 324lb ft of torque – up from 202bhp and 310lb ft.
At the same time fuel economy rises to 57.7mpg with 129g/km CO2 emissions in the S80 D5, while the V70 D5 achieves 55mpg and 134g/km CO2 (both sets of figures when using the standard six-speed manual gearbox). XC70 D5 models with front-wheel drive now achieve 42.0mpg and 179g/km.
Volvo says that the D5 engine is already so optimised that it’s taken many man-hours to identify areas for improvement – with start-stop featuring on all manual gearbox versions.
Similarly, it has also taken a fine-tooth comb to the closely related 2.0-litre D3 turbodiesel. This gains a revised variable geometry turbocharger, amongst other minor items, and while the 161bhp and 295lb ft output and fuel efficiency remains the same, driveability is said to be improved.
Read our guide to start-stop systems
1.6 DRIVe gains for S80 and V70
The other engine news from Volvo concerns 1.6-litre turbodiesel DRIVe variants of the V70 and S80.
These have been upgraded to the latest version of this engine and efficiency package. That means 113bhp instead of 107bhp, which in combination with a six-speed manual gearbox means a claimed 62.8mpg and 119g/km CO2 for both models.
The 1.6 DRIVe variants also incorporate start-stop technology, low rolling resistance tyres, brake energy regeneration and ‘precise fuel management’. With the addition of the V70 and S80, this takes the total number of Volvos that emit less than 120g/km to seven – the others being the C30, S40, V50, S60 and V60. All use the same 1.6 DRIVe technology.
City Safety for more models
Speaking of technology, Volvo’s City Safety with Pedestrian Detection in now standard on all V70, XC70 and S80 models.
This aims to help drivers spot and avoid potential accidents involving pedestrians and urban traffic. Where avoidance is impossible, it does its best to reduce impact and injury as much as possible.
Further enhancements for these three Volvo models include optional Adaptive Cruise Control capable of bringing the car completely to a standstill, then accelerating again when the traffic resumes progress. This feature only works in conjunction with an automatic gearbox.
There are also redesigned headlamps, LED indicators in the door mirrors, and changes to trim.
Finally, the Volvo Sensus infotainment system that debuted on the latest S60 and V60 is now available on the XC60, V70, XC70 and S80 as well.
This offers a choice of five- and seven-inch viewing screens, mounted high in the centre console for maximum visibility, with control via buttons just below this or on the steering wheel.
Sat nav is optional, as is a rear-seat entertainment system that adds an additional pair of eight-inch screens for back-seat passengers, with wireless headsets and remote control.
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