Ten years after its 1997 debut, the third-generation “Cross Country” Volvo XC70—one of the first crossovers—was introduced at the New York International Auto Show this week. Current generation reached peak sales of more than 24,000 in the United States. With an elevated feel and driving dynamics that are exhilarating yet comfortable, the roomy yet luxurious interior of the all-new XC70 is peerless in functional versatility. "The XC70 has primarily been created to get you to the end of the road,” says Fredrik Arp, president and CEO of Volvo Car Corp. “But it has also shown its ability to take you further if you want, or dare, to. A couple of years ago, we organized a test-drive in the Baja of Mexico on some of the worse 'roads' imaginable - as close to off-road as you could get. Even the most hardened adventurers were impressed by what the XC70 could handle," Arp recalls. The all-new XC70 is available with a 3.2-liter in-line six-cylinder engine. In the new model, the electronically controlled all-wheel drive from Haldex of Sweden can be supplemented with a Four-C active chassis, which enables personalization with three distinct driver settings: comfort, sport and advanced. Also new in this XC70 is an industry world's first height-adjustable booster cushion further enhancing child safety, and a Hill Descent Control feature, ventilated seats and a world-class sound system. In the United States, the XC70 has garnered press association awards including Best All-Weather Wagon in New England, Best in Class wins at the Texas Truck Rodeo, Mudfest honors in the Pacific Northwest, and Best Overall Vehicle of the Rockies. The all-new Volvo XC70 will reach North American dealers in October of this year. Volvo also announced this week that the Volvo C30 hatchback starts at $22,700 for the well-equipped C30 Version 1.0 and $25,700 for the C30 Version 2.0.
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