Major updates heading our way with 2014 Volvo lineup

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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Some of Volvo's 2013 models are among the more impressive in their respective categories, such as the S60 sport sedan and XC60 compact crossover, but others, like the midsize XC90 crossover SUV are in desperate need of revision. While a new XC90 is at least a year away and the compact C30 hatchback and larger C70 convertible are leaving our market, the Swedish automaker will release a bevy of updates to the rest of its lineup for 2014 that will focus on "quality and attention to detail," "more comfortable sport seats," and more.

For starters Volvo's best-selling "60 cluster" line, which includes the S60 sport sedan, V60 wagon and XC60 compact crossover, will get significant styling updates including a complete redesign of their grilles, headlights and front fascias and reworked rear fascias featuring integrated exhaust pipes. According to a Volvo press release, each 60 cluster model will follow the basic design of the new S60, albeit individual evolutions of that design.

Likewise, the S80 luxury sedan, V70 midsize wagon and XC70 midsize crossover will receive updates too, although expect less dramatic refreshes with a focus on aligning them with Volvo's new corporate look.

All updated Volvos will get the brand's latest technology including an adaptive digital display gauge package featuring a TFT (Thin Film Transistor) screen that will allow driver configuration of three unique themes, Elegance, Eco and Performance. These change the layout and colour, allowing the type of personalization new car buyers already experience with their smart phones, tablets and laptops. Additionally the revised interiors will get Volvo's Sensus Connected Touch infotainment system, a state-of-the-art audio, navigation and automotive systems controller.

What else can we expect? How about heated windshields? That would be handy in Canada's colder climes. And Volvo wouldn't be considered a premium player without offering Active High Beam Control headlights. What's more, the brand's IntelliSafe active safety systems expand on Volvo's already renowned safety record with City Safety, Pedestrian Detection and Road Sign Information. New heated steering wheels will also be made available in the more luxurious S80, V70 and XC70 models.

Possibly most important, Volvo says all updated 2014 models will arrive with improved fuel-efficiency and reduced emissions, although the only targeted ratings are for the S60 diesel that the brand says will achieve a class-leading 4.0 L/100km plus CO2 emissions of only 106 g/km, but so far at least this model has not been offered in North America.

"This is the most extensive development of existing models in our company's history," said Lex Kerssemakers, Senior Vice President, Product Strategy & Vehicle Line Management at Volvo Car Group. "Each of the enhancements is designed around our customers' needs. We have focused on quality and attention to detail in order to give these dynamic models a major boost and sharpen their competitiveness. The S60 and XC60 are our best-selling models in several important markets, and the innovative V60 Plug-in Hybrid has got off to a flying start. We have been listening very carefully to our customers in order to make improvements that ensure that we make these successful cars more attractive."

Stay tuned for more detailed updates closer to the various 2014 model launches.
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Topics: Crossover, Wagon, Sport Sedan, Luxury Sedan, Volvo, 2014, C30, C70, S60, S80, V70, XC90, XC60, XC70, V60 Sport Wagon,

Organizations: Volvo

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