The Volvo S60, V70 and XC70 have been overhauled with a multitude of new design and safety features. A more powerful T5 engine is on its way here, too.

The Volvo S60, V70 and XC70 have been overhauled with a multitude of new design and safety features. A more powerful T5 engine is on its way here, too.

The acclaimed T5 engine available in the S60 and V70 has grown from 2,3 to 2,4-litres, with greater power and torque. Power has increased from 186 kW to 193 kW and the optimum torque is now 350 N.m (previously 330 N.m), which with revised tuning delivers this power at lower revs.

A larger turbocharger has been fitted as well as upgraded dual variable valve timing on both inlet and exhaust sides.

The S60 T5's performance from standing start to 100 km/h improves from 6,8 to 6,5 seconds. Front disc brakes and callipers have grown to improve the braking performance. A new six-speed manual gearbox with a revised aluminium gear lever is now available in the V70 and the S60.

Volvo SA's André Oosthuizen confirmed that the new revised Volvo line-up was definitely on its way to SA and should filter through by the end of the year, though nothing has been confirmed yet.

About the all-important price, Oosthuizen said: "The prices of the cars will be currency related and I am unfortunately unable to comment as to what they will be when they get here."

The Four-C active chassis (Computer Controlled Chassis Concept), already in use, has been polished and is now introduced as an option on the new S60, V70 and XC70 ranges when they arrive.

The Comfort setting provides higher levels of comfort while the ride becomes firmer with greater feedback in the Sport mode.

During extreme manoeuvres, the system will automatically adjust to stabilise the car, regardless of the selected setting. The revised Four-C also compensates for heavy loads when towing for greater stability at all speeds.

Volvo's Blind Spot Information System, first previewed on the Volvo Safety Car concept in 2001, will now be used on production cars for the first time. In what is claimed to be a world-first in passenger cars, the BLIS works when a car moves within the Volvo's blind spot area, taking up to 25 digital pictures per second.

Water repellent glass is available for the side windows and mirrors to improve visibility while driving in the rain. A passenger airbag cut-off switch is available for the first time in a Volvo.

The revised Four-C chassis, blind spot information system, water repellent glass and passenger airbag cut-off switch are optional on the S60, V70 and XC70.