What Does XC Mean on Volvo Wagons?

The bigger V70 XC waggon, which would have been developed on the Volvo V70 five-seat waggon

became the initial XC vehicle. The station waggon was 70 inches long,

 and the V at the time stood for flexibility. The term "XC" stood for "Cross Country,"

 which indicated that the car had more advanced features

 in just this instance some off-road prowess that made it suitable for a true cross-country journey.

An old article from New Car Test Drive claims that Volvo intended to give the V70 a little attitude,

 it chose the now-familiar XC designation to imply a tougher posture, 

and it sort of succeeded in doing so.The XC70 was one of the first genuine crossovers, 

 but it came a touch late to the SUV trend in 1998, when station waggons were truly losing their appeal

Crossover vehicles combine the nimble handling of a car with the rugged characteristics of an SUV

The XV70 now has taller tyres, a roof rack, fog lights, and a small elevation for clearance.

With both the additional features, then that could undertake some woodland routes that the V70 waggon's street-focused counterpart just wouldn't try

 It relied on the same all-wheel drive system as the normal V70 waggon