The Ford-owned Swedish car maker Volvo is developing an all new replacement for the company’s top of the line model S 80. It is scheduled for launch at next spring’s Geneva Motor Show 06.

These photos are showing latest prototypes during cold weather testing Northern Scandinavia.

The new S 80 is using a stretched version of Ford’s C1 platform with the choice of front- and four-wheel-drive. Within the pictured test group there were four prototypes, all of them equipped with different fuel engines:

  • License plate XBX 171 – four cylinder engine / 163 HP
  • License plate XDA 109 – five-cylinder engine / 209 HP
  • License plate XFY 985 - six- cylinder engine / 272 HP
  • License plate XDA 104 is the top of the line model, and has a V8 engine delivering 299 HP, and four wheel drive

The new Volvo will also get a new safety system kit called Co-Driver. It includes radar sensors and audible collision warnings linked to the Brake Assist. If a collision is imminent, it will apply extra braking pressure, tighten the seatbelts for optimum restraint and prepare the airbags for deployment.

The photos are showing four different prototypes with some disguise plus one computer image showing how the new model is expected to look like upon its releas

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