Unlike its predecessors, the new XC70 doesn't look as wagon-based anymore. Especially from a medium-to-far distance, one might actually say it looks just like any other off-road-ready hardcore SUV. That impression still remains when you approach it, except then you can also take a good look at the details. The all-round black plastic bumpers and side skirts are there to tell you that it means business and is not afraid of scratches, just like the old V70 XC used to. The bad part is that the designers got carried away and added some unnecessary aluminium touches in order to further differentiate the model from the regular V70. Come on guys, the I'm-not-afraid-of-roadkill look, really high ground clearance and big wheels didn't make it different enough?
Overall, the car looks much more menacing and it has a certain "attitude" about it. For example, if the original "Marlboro Man" had been driving an XC70 instead of playing around on that horse it would have probably made a better suited commercial. In order for the clients to better appreciate the name change but to also acknowledge the fact it's still a Cross Country vehicle, Volvo really exaggerated with the addition of as many "XC" badges on the car as possible. You can find them on every rim, on the roof hinges, on the trunk hatch and in the interior.
Speaking of the roof hinges, between them sits a very BMW-like "shark" antenna for the navigation system. The pretty high ground clearance gives it a go-anywhere look while the "broad shoulders" styling makes you think it's as safe as a... well, a Volvo. Also, although it still carries some of that "Swedish brick" flat rear, the curves found on the car could impress even Rubens. On the whole, the new XC70 is a pretty good looking macho vehicle, although the aluminium styling bits can be just a teeny weeny bit kitschy. Thank God it's still made in Europe, despite Volvo's 'merican owners, because all that aluminium could have easily been switched with non-mud-friendly chrome.Continue reading
Hold on, Sir May B. Bach would like to say something...
Volvo people have done it again... ahem. They somehow managed to squeeze as many cars into just one model as my two homosexual Great Danes are stuffing... ahem... freshly picked Pakistani Kathal fruits in their tiny bellies. I believe you are calling them... ahem... Jack Fruit. This is not exactly my cup of rare Chinese monkey picked tea.
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