Lifted Volvo XC70 Cross Country With Off road Enhancements from the Netherlands

Lifted Volvo XC70 Cross Country with Off road modifications
Lifted Volvo XC70 Cross Country with offroad wheels
Black Volvo XC70 Cross Country with overland mods
Volvo XC70 Cross Country with a rhino rack cargo basket
Volvo XC70 Cross Country with a 30mm lift kit by Thema +2
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Volvo sedans and wagons have a warm spot in the heart of every 80-s and 90-s kid. Unmistakable design and bulletproof reputation of a safe family vehicle helped to spread the popularity of this model in the US and Europe.

When Volvo first released its off-road version of the family wagon-based V70 Cross Country model, it immediately won the hearts of many drivers who needed a versatile sport-utility vehicle. Just like its main competitor Subaru Outback, it featured an All-wheel-drive, improved ground clearance, spacious cargo area with folding seats (that formed a perfect sleeping platform), and an unpainted plastic body cladding. Belonging to the premium market segment, it was a little bit more expensive than the Subaru and, perhaps, that’s why it didn’t become as popular at least in the USA.

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Lifted Volvo XC70 Cross Country with offroad wheels

This black 2nd generation Volvo XC70 Cross Country fitted with beefy off-road tires and a lift kit belongs to Marcel from the Netherlands. Unlike American models, it is powered with an efficient and reliable 2.5L turbodiesel engine that gives out about 210 horses and a massive amount of torque.

Marcel has been always a big fan of Volvo, and despite the fact that there are almost no off-roading locations in his home country, he decided to enhance his XC70 project with some legit overland-style upgrades.

What are the engine specs and modifications of your car?

2.5t manual 210pk AWD, going stage 1 soon.

Lift height and suspension modifications

30mm liftkit from tema4x4 and subframe spacers from Crosscountry performance.

Wheel specs

The wheels are OEM Volvo Oreander 17” with 235/55/17 general grabber AT3 All-Terrain tires.

Exterior mods

Hood scoop from Kut-snake, roofrack from Thule Sweden, spare-tire holder from front-runner, Hella lights on bumper-bar, Hella lights on the roof-rack, with custom grille. Two gas tanks on the roofrack. 20mm rear wheel spacers. And more to come..

Interior mods

Volvo R leather instrumental panel, R design steer.

Volvo XC70 Cross Country with a 30mm lift kit by Thema

How did you become interested in off-roading?

My parents live in Australia, and had an old FJ Toyota and a Jeep. I always drove a Volvo so I had to choose;)

Why did you choose this particular model for your project?

I love overlanders and offroad cars, and I always drive a Volvo. So I had to choose between an xc90 or xc70. I found this xc70 with great millage and it was in perfect condition.

What inspired you to choose this modification style?

The IPD version xc70, which was designed for offroading.

Lifted Volvo CX70 Cross Country by IPD
Marcel’s main inspiration was the Volvo XC70 prototype built by IPD USA. It featured giant mud tires, winch, expedition-style roof basket, and lots of custom enhancements.

What challenges did you face while putting it together?

I had a lot of maintenance costs in the beginning, so the first year I couldn’t complete my build because of the high bills. Now its slowly coming together the way I like it.

What do you love about your vehicle?

It’s one of a kind xc70;)

Is it your daily or a weekend ride?


Do you take it off-road? If so, where and how often?

Sadly, there are almost no offroad roads in the Netherlands.

Black Volvo XC70 Cross Country with overland mods

What are your future plans for this vehicle?

Going back to 16” bigger tires. More lifting, a custom spare tire holder on the winch, dual exhaust, more tuning, new sidebars, etc… never done!

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2006 Volvo XC70 Cross Country AWD – SPECS

  • 2.5T manual 210pk AWD (stage 1 soon)
  • Tema4x4 30mm liftkit and subframe spacers from Crosscountryperformance
  • Oem Volvo rims 17” with 235/55/17 General Grabber AT3 All-Terrain tires
  • Hood scoop from Kut-snake
  • Roofrack from Thule Sweden
  • Spare-tire holder from front-runner
  • Hella lights on bumper-bar, Hella lights on the roof-rack, with custom grille
  • Two gas tanks on the roofrack
  • 20mm rear wheel spacers, and more to come

Watch the progress and find out more about this lifted Volvo XC70 Cross Country project by visiting the Instagram profile of the owner: @volvoxc70overland!

Volvo XC70 Cross Country with a rhino rack cargo basket

Related Parts & Mods

– Inspired by this Volvo XC70 build and looking to prepare your own car for off-road adventures? Our team has put together a list of products and accessories available online that may help you to achieve similar results:

Lift Kit


Roof Rack

Roof Top Tent

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View Comments (2)
  • I was very excited to see your overland build. I’m looking for something like this to build too, but I could not find proper owner experiences.
    Why didn’t you use the ccp 2” lift lift? How does the suspension feel now, especially in fast changing turns (living in the Austrian alps)? And how much ground clearance did you finally get? Any problem with APK(approval/registration)?

    Lot of questions but would be great if you could give me some informations.

    Once more: thrilling build!

    Cheers stefan

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