Volvo V70 (1997)
In November 1996, Volvo presented a further development of the 850 estate car. It was called the Volvo V70 and it had a more aerodynamically efficient front. The exterior panels were somewhat more rounded and the interior was entirely new. The rejuvenation process involved about 1,800 new parts, so it was far more than a cosmetic face-lift. From 1997, the Volvo V70 was available in Bi-Fuel configuration, with the four-wheel drive Volvo V70 Cross Country being launched at the same time.
From 1996 to 2000, about 320,000 examples of this first Volvo V70 series were built. To this can be added another 54,000 Cross Country models.