Volvo Celebrates 20 Years of All-Wheel-Drive

Something that very much appeals to Car Scribbler is the ability to take a car out, whatever the weather, and challenge yourself to reach terrain that one might think is beyond the normal realm of four-wheels. Alas, when you combine that with Volvo build-quality and everlasting hygge appeal, it’s a pretty enticing proposition.

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Indeed, Volvo have been celebrating 20 years of their AWD vehicles. Forget the XC90 – the first AWD Volvo car to go into serial production was the Volvo 850 Estate, launched in May 1996 with the 2.5-litre turbocharged I5T engine developing 193 hp and a five-speed manual transmission.

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The Volvo V70, based largely on the 850, came with AWD from 1997 onwards. The same year, Volvo produced its first ‘Cross Country’ V70XC variant, helping to develop a completely new type of car with a rugged design and capable characteristics that is now a familiar sight both on the road and off the beaten track.

“Volvo cars are well known for what we call ‘framkomlighet’ in Swedish – the ability to get you wherever you want to go – regardless of the weather conditions. This is an important part of our heritage and a clear reflection of who we are and where we come from. With the recent addition of electric All-Wheel Drive to our top-of-the-line products, we have further refined our performance in this important area,” said Henrik Green, Senior Vice President, Research & Development at Volvo Cars.

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