Making its first public appearance in Geneva, the 2014 Volvo XC70 benefits from the same kind of mid-cycle cosmetic and functional revamps that are being wrought on its 60 Series and 80 Series kin. Here too, the changes are of an evolutionary nature aimed at sharpening the overall appeal of Volvo's popular 5-passenger crossover SUV while retaining its basic character and capability.

Key exterior modifications to the 2014 XC70 include a larger grille with a more prominent Volvo ironmark, revised running lights, restyled taillamps, bigger and more functional skid plates, increased use of protective black lower moldings and silver matte accents bits. Inside, the XC70 receives the same enhancements as Volvo's top-line S80 Sedan, starting with a new Ambient Light system and a TFT-based Adaptive Digital Display that allows driver's to select from three different color-keyed readout modes (Elegance/Eco/Performance).

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 The 2014 XC70 also will offer the latest and most versatile version of Volvo's HMI (Human Machine Interface) system: Sensus Connected Touch. Allowing the 7.0-inch center display to function as a sophisticated touchscreen that can be activated even when the user is wearing gloves, Connected Touch offers full Internet access, including streaming music and TuneIn Internet Radio plus Embedded Connected 3D navigation with real-time traffic/weather features, Google Map and Search, even a Free Parking locator. It also can be used to create a vehicle-wide Wi-Fi network.

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Further bolstering its formidable active and passive people protection systems, the 2014 XC70 will come with Volvo's City Safety auto-braking technology that now is operative at speeds of up to 31 mph. It also features Pedestrian Detection with full auto brake and Road Sign Information that displays road signs in the instrument readout.

Volvo has indicated that the U.S.-spec XC70 will continue to offer the same powertrain and trim grades as the 2013 models as well as the choice of front or all-wheel drive. The 2014 Volvo XC70 lineup will arrive here this summer. Expect final packaging details and pricing to be released closer to its on-sale date.


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