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.
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.
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.