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Volvo 740 Estate/Wagon. 1985 - 1992

History of the Volvo Car

Volvo 740 Estate

The highly successful Volvo 760 GLE was developed and expanded to give birth to the Volvo 740 in 1984. This new Volvo model was a 4-cylinder alternative to the 760.

The estate car version of the 740 was introduced in 1985, and was a long-awaited expansion of the range.

The Volvo 740 estate car owed its immense success primarily to factors such as its sheer reliability and renowned safety levels. However, what probably made the Volvo 740 estate car one of the most sought-after cars in its segment was its unparalleled interior space and load capacity.

Over the years, the Volvo 740 was powered by a range of different engines, mostly 4-cylinder in-line units with or without turbochargers, and there were also 6-cylinder diesel variants.

The exterior underwent a minor facelift in autumn 1988 to carry the model into the 1989 model year.

From August 1990, the Volvo 740 was made in parallel with the 940 for two years, after which the latter took over completely from the 740.

Technical facts
Prod. years: 1985 - 1992
Prod. volume: 358,952
Body style: 5-door estate
Engine: 2.0 L I4
2.0 L B200ET turbo I4
2.3 L B230 I4
2.3 L turbo I4
2.4 L diesel I6
2.4 L td I6
Transmission: 4-speed Volvo M46 manual,
5-speed Volvo M47 manual,
4-speed automatic
Brakes: Hydraulic, disc brakes all round
Dimensions: Length
480.0 cm (189.0 in) (1982–1986)
478.5 cm (188.4 in) (1987–1989)
485.0 cm (190.9 in) (1990–1991)
480.8 cm (189.3 in) (1992–1993)

175.0 cm (68.9 in) (1982–1986)
176.0 cm (69.3 in) (1987–1993)

Height: 143.5 cm (56.5 in), wheelbase 277.0 cm (109.1 in), kerb weight 1,371–1,458 kg (3,023–3,214 lb)

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