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VOLVO S70 Series/Models Timeline, Specifications and Pictures

Generations: 2
First production year: 1997
Engines: Gasoline, Diesel

1997 - 2000

When Volvo decided to get rid of its old-school, boxy design, it launched the first generation of the S40 in 1995 and then trimmed the 850 model to make the S70 in 1997. The Swedish carmaker was known for its safe vehicles. To show that strength, it made its cars look like a pile of bricks one on top of another. But as time went by, the customers moved their attention toward more stylish vehi...

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diesel engines:

  VOLVO S70 2.5L 10V 5MT (144 HP)

  VOLVO S70 2.5L TDi 5MT (140 HP)

1997 - 1999

When Volvo introduced the R versions for the S70/V70 lineup, it aimed at the sporty Premium segment directly to Audi. BMW was too far, but at least it tried. Volvo struggled to create new models or versions that could attract younger customers, and the first step was the 850. The S70 was its successor, and despite sharing the same platform, it was penned differently in a Swedish approach to t...

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gasoline engines:

  VOLVO S70 R 2.3L 4AT (237 HP)

  VOLVO S70 R 2.3L 5MT (247 HP)