Volvo has revised the S60, V70 and XC70 with improvements in safety, convenience, and performance.

All three models receive a new front-end with new bumpers and new-look front and rear lights with clear lenses, as well as new alloy wheel designs.

Mechanically, the T5 engine from the S60 and V70 is upgraded, with dual variable valve timing on both inlet and exhaust sides as well as a larger capacity turbocharger. Engine capacity also rises, from 2.3 to 2.4-litres and is now tuned to give sportier throttle characteristics with better low-end torque and improved emissions.

Power has increased from 250bhp to 260bhp with torque of 350Nm instead of 330Nm. Peak torque now occurs 300rpm lower down the rev range, so performance of the S60 T5 has improved, from 6.8 to 6.5 seconds, while emissions drop slightly to 220g/km. Front disc brakes and callipers are now enlarged to handle the extra performance.

Service intervals for all S60, V70 and XC70 5-cylinder petrol engines have been increased from 12,000 to 18,000 miles (or one year whichever comes first).

Volvo’s active Four-C chassis (Computer Controlled Chassis Concept) has been refined and now introduced as an option for the new 2005 S60, V70 and XC70 ranges. The system provides fully active damping with two settings – Comfort and Sport – and has been better tuned for UK roads in S60 R and V70 R.

Other new toys include BLIS – Blind Spot Information System – that uses digital cameras mounted in the door mirrors to monitor surrounding traffic. An amber light on the A-pillar by the door mirror inside the car warns the driver if BLIS detects other traffic.

Water repellent glass is now also an option on S60, V70 and XC70 side windows and door mirrors.

Inside, there’s a new design for centre dashboard panel, audio units and integrated phone, with more extensive improved aluminium or walnut wood trim. The centre console design has been revised, and includes a multi-function arm rest. Seats have been improved across the range, with new Sovereign Hide upholstery available. And the trim used on the doors, A-pillars and dashboard has been revised to produce less reflection.