Volvo unveils SUV

Volvo Car Corp.'s big, new all-wheel-drive sport wagon - named the XC90 - will make its world debut in January at Detroit's North American International Auto Show.

The new vehicle seats seven and will be the flagship in Volvo's new car-based XC model range.

Such familiar Volvo styling elements as the V-shaped front-end styling treatment and pronounced shoulders have been combined with a wide stance and a modern design that features gently rounded, elegant lines. "We wanted the car to look masculine and confident, but not macho," said Peter Horbury, vice president and chief designer.

Volvo said the XC90 will showcase technologically engineered to protect passengers in the event of a rollover.

"Our all-wheel drive Volvo XC90 is a next-generation SUV, aimed to be one of the safest and most exciting on the market," said Hans Wikman, project director.

The Volvo XC90 will be offered with a choice of five-cylinder and six-cylinder gasoline engines, and the automaker's new five-cylinder diesel engine. All the engines will be turbocharged.

Production starts in 2002 at the Torslanda factory in Göteborg, Sweden. The North American market is expected to account for about 65 percent of sales.

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