(from Volvo Press
Release) Southern California's lifeguards have been
glamorized by Hollywood for decades. While they share the spirit of
adventure and camaraderie, these dedicated men and women are highly
trained professionals who take safety very seriously.
Guided by the surfing lifestyle and casual beach culture, the XC70
SR's brilliant yellow and red paint scheme is authenticated by
Catalina Island's City of Avalon official seal. The Volvo XC70 is
capable of back-country emergency duty; all-terrain victim support
services and a broad array of rescue missions that are critical to
those in need.
"California's picturesque Catalina Island, and its historic city of
Avalon, hosts tourists and sportsmen from around the world. Its
unique deep canyon terrain, remote wilderness areas, deep water
coves, secluded surf spots and hard-to-reach campsites and
anchorages make rescue operations a top priority," said Catalina's
spokesman, Wayne Griffin. "The impressive Volvo concept model is
equipped to meet the real world needs of emergency service providers
in Catalina and wherever all-access, fast response vehicular support
is demanded. With high service demands here on the island, a
flexible use rescue unit would be an asset; this concept vehicle
could realistically meet our many unique evac demands including the
many surf related incidents we respond to every year," he added.
The Volvo Catalina Island Rescue unit epitomizes the company's
slogan and offers rescue operations specialists a glimpse of what is
possible - a safe, comfortable and capable response support vehicle
from a manufacturer committed to the idea that human life is to be
celebrated and preserved.
Wrapped with eye-catching Surf Rescue graphics and City of Avalon
insignia, the concept model can be easily seen on a crowded beach,
in deep canyon terrain or from air support equipment. It sports a
custom-crafted front fascia that wears a one-off milled aluminum
billet grille. Front and rear skid plates and wider wheel lip
cladding has been added for extra body protection from flying sand.
The new fascias also reduce front and rear overhang, thereby
improving approach and departure angles.
The chassis has been lifted an additional five inches from the stock
ride height for improved ground clearance. It also makes way for a
massive set of custom designed 20-inch wheels and Pirelli 275/45R20
tires sporting a unique tread pattern for increased traction. The
rear subframe has been beefed-up for added ruggedness with milled
aluminum billet components.
True to form, the XC70 SR is topped by a unique aerodynamically
designed roof-mounted emergency light bar integrated with a rescue
board rack. Not only does this treatment contribute to the stunning
good looks of the vehicle, it also helps to reduce wind drag by
attaching directly to the XC70's OEM supplied roof rails.
When it's time to respond to a call, the driver or front passenger
can activate a barrage of flashing blue strobe emergency lights. In
addition to the roof, they're neatly inset into the lower front
valance panel, headlight and rear combination light clusters as well
as the inside rearview mirror.
Lifeguards get wet and sandy on the job so the interior has been
modified for heavy-duty use - without sacrificing style. The XC70's
standard front bucket and folding rear seats have been recovered in
wetsuit style neoprene fabric that's custom tailored in black and
gray with bright yellow inserts. Decorative interior panels
throughout the cabin are tinted yellow to segue with the spirit of
the exterior hue.
Bulky emergency rescue gear housed in the cargo compartment can
easily be accessed via the XC70's power rear tailgate. Secured to
the neoprene covered floor are two scuba tanks, an oxygen tank, a
small first aid kit, a resuscitator box and a large waterproof box
containing additional medical supplies and surf rescue equipment.
The XC70's 3.2-liter in-line 6-cylinder normally aspirated engine
produces 235 horsepower and 236 lb.-ft. of torque. It's mated to a
six-speed "Geartronic" automatic transmission that enables the
driver to shift manually when desired. All-wheel-drive with Instant
TractionTM is standard. Electronic Hill Descent Control (HDC) uses
the vehicle's brakes and engine torque to crawl in bottom gear on
steep downhill slopes.