Volvo V50 was revealed in 2003 at the Bologna Motor Show as a successor of the Volvo S40 in a 5-door station wagon body style. It was manufactured by the Volvo Cars between 2003 and 2012, while in Australia it appeared in 2004 and stayed until 2015. Production ended in 2012 producing 519,007 units, and a total of 487,393 units were sold globally from 2004 to 2011.
It was built on the Ford C1 platform, featuring a front-engine, front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive layout with either 2.5L T5 inline-5 turbocharged petrol engine providing 162 kW and 320 Nm of torque or 2.4L D5 inline-5 turbocharged diesel engine producing 132 kW and 350 Nm of torque. Furthermore, it was also equipped with so-called theatre lighting, "Volvo Intelligent Vehicle Architecture" and a floating centre stack.
In Australia, the V50 was available in a wagon body style and equipped with the following powertrain options:
- 2.4, 2.4 SE, 2.4 LE, 2.4 S, LE, S - 2.4L B5244S4 petrol engine (125 kW, 230 Nm), paired with 5-speed Volvo M56 manual gearbox or 5-speed Aisin AW55-50 automatic transmission
- T5, T5 AWD, T5 R-Design - 2.5L B5254T3 petrol engine (162 kW, 320 Nm), paired with 5-speed Aisin AW55-50 automatic transmission or 6-speed Volvo M66 manual gearbox
- D5 - 2.4L D5244T8 diesel engine (132 kW, 350 Nm), paired with 5-speed Aisin AW55-50 automatic transmission or 6-speed Volvo M66 manual gearbox
- 2.0D - 2.0L D4204T diesel engine (100 kW, 320 Nm), paired with 6-speed Aisin TF-80SC automatic transmission
- T5 S, T5 Lifestyle, T5 R-Design - 2.5L B5254T7 petrol engine (169 kW, 320 Nm), paired with a 5-speed Aisin AW55-50 automatic transmission
The 2.4 trim level featured dual front, head and side airbags, anti-lock braking system, auto climate control with dual temp zones, 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, central locking remote control, electronic brake force distribution, front fog lights, engine immobiliser, power mirrors/steering/windows, radio CD with six speakers, seatbelt pretensioners (front), and traction control system.
The 2.4 SE added leather upholstery, power front seat (driver), trip computer, and wood grain trim.
The T5 added aluminium trim, 17-inch alloy wheels, dynamic stability control, radio CD with eight speakers, and xenon headlights.
The S added heated front seats, rear spoiler, and sports suspension.
The T5 R-Design added a body kit.
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Author: Andrijana Pavlovic