The Volvo XC70 D5 combines the new D5 diesel engine and electronically controlled all-wheel drive. This offers major benefits for the driver, especially when it comes to drivability and take-off at low revs.
The D5 turns a new leaf in Volvo Cars’ engine history. This advanced new common-rail unit is the first diesel engine produced by the company in-house – and evidence of just how important it is for Volvo Cars to be able to offer a modern diesel engine in the premium segment.
One obvious parameter in the design brief was to utilise one of the most compact and strongest engine blocks on the market: Volvo’s own 5-cylinder aluminium block, which was originally launched in the Volvo 850 in 1991. This block was designed and dimensioned from the very outset to be able to accommodate diesel power.
Since the cylinder head too is made of aluminium, the Volvo D5 weighs just 163kg without gearbox – a major benefit since low weight plays a major role in ensuring high performance and low fuel consumption.