October 2011 is the time when the 2012 Volvo XC70 is scheduled to hit the showrooms. Even though its design is not revised, the wagon does get a bunch of new features.
The most interesting upgrade is the Volvo's Sensus infotainment system, which now will come standard for the XC70. All information will be displayed on a 5- or 7-inch color screen that is located in the upper part of the center console. The screen is positioned so that the driver can easily keep eyes on the road. The functions are controlled using buttons integrated into the steering wheel or touch-buttons located below the screen. The Volvo XC70 will also feature a Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake. The system uses a camera and radar to monitor pedestrians in front of the vehicle, and automatically brakes the wagon to avoid any collision. Another new feature is the Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist that can down to standstill. The collision warning system may be programmed to help maintain a safety margin to the vehicles that are moving in the same direction. And to avoid low-speed rear-end collisions, the 2012 Volvo XC70 will come with a standard City Safety. In case the driver is driving too fast in the direction of a stationary object, the system first warns the driver and then automatically brakes.
The exterior upgrade is not that conspicuous to be noticed at the first glance. Though when you look closer, you'll notice that for the 2012 model year the XC70 got redesigned headlights, new exterior colors, LED turn indicators in the side mirrors, new wheel design, and new interior trim colors.