It is based on the Ford C1 platform, as is the Mazda "3". Volvo Cars Special Vehicle also produced a concept car based on the V50, the V50 SV, whose engine produces 340 hp (179 kW), and debuted at the 2004 Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association tradeshow in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Highlights of the V50's interior design include soft "theatre" lighting of various sections, and a translucent "iced aqua" center stack. In safety, the V50 features "Volvo Intelligent Vehicle Architecture".
The top-of-the line V50 is the T5 AWD. This model features four-wheel drive and a straight-5 2.5-litre petrol engine with a light-pressure turbocharger. Its valvetrain has four valves per cylinder and is a DOHC design with variable camshaft timing. The engine provides and of torque. In Europe the 2.4 Liter turbocharged D5 diesel engine which provides and of torque is also available. The output of that motor was downgraded from the original diesel motor in the XC90 which produces and of torque.
In 2008 Volvo Car Corp has recently confirmed that the next generation V50 will grow in size to be aligned on the side of the next generation S60. Volvo will not reintroduce the S40 and the V50 will become the estate variant for the S60, just as the V70 is the estate variant of the S80.
For the model year 2008, the V50 along with the S40 has been facelifted with minor modifications:
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