• Sep 1, 2009
2010 Volvo C70 - Click above for high-res image gallery

Volvo still hasn't released an official press release to accompany them, but it would appear that genuine pics of the facelifted C70 have hit the streets regardless. Set to debut at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show, the reskinned convertible hardtop seems as if it has been spending some late evenings with the S60 Concept that debuted in Detroit earlier this year.

The fresh new look, including swept-back headlights and a larger trademark iron mask, is a further departure from the automaker's (now long ago) boxy past. At the back, a new rear lamp design includes today's obligatory stylish LED lighting, a reshaped bumper, and more pronounced "Volvo" badging on the trunk decklid.

While the exterior has taken a giant leap forward, the single interior shot inexplicably fails to reveal any changes whatsoever.

What we don't know is what resides under the hood, so Volvo may still have a few secrets to reveal in the next couple weeks.




[Source: Carscoop]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      these pictures look... weird. i saw the previous posting of the updated c70 and those pictures looked better. I'm all for Volvo having a more agressive face.. since its biggest problem is being too conservative in design.

      Also, i really think Volvo has the right idea with its interiors. it's simple, yet includes everything that its competitors have, and it's far more stylish. I have a Volvo, and i must say the interior makes my dad's Bimmer, my mom's Audi, and my best friend's Mercedes interiors look like something from the '90s!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love it! It all looks so, dare I say, exciting! The wider grille and swept back headlights really add a fresh face and the tail lights make it look so dynamic now. That interior is ageless and will always look good so it's probably for the better that they didn't do much.

      I'm betting they chose red to go against the IS C in red.

      Does anybody else like that the logo got BIGGER? I'm loving it and can't wait to see one in person. How is it that Volvo can get their grilles so right but Bimmer, Benz and especially Acura just called it quits and have what they have now? I'm loving the V-O-L-V-O out back too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The reason like Volvo and its convertibles is because they have such a masculine appeal to them. It is hard to find anymore but Volvo still has it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      another bland interior from Volvo with too much form over function.

      the exterior, however, I find to be a welcome change in the right direction for Volvo. Move away from those ugly boxy wagons of yesteryear...
        • 5 Years Ago
        As a '09 C70 owner I beg to differ. The Volvo offers all the same features as an Audi (which feels like they threw out the usability book and decided to bring in "new blood" for no good reason) or BMW (which just feels cheap in comparison to the Volvo).

        The Volvo has the best leather of the 3 *by far*. The simplest controls *by far*. No stupid computer for it's own sake. I want my car to be a car, not a moving computer lab. I work with computers all day. I want my car to be simple. As complex as necessary and no more.

        Plus the waterfall console in the C70 is the best iteration of it since there's a bit more room behind it.

        Climate control: 1 knob for fan (push for auto), 1 knob for temp.
        Stereo (the best in the biz :-p): 1 knob for tuning, 1 knob for volume.

        Sure there are some dual-purpose radio channel memory buttons/phone pad, but come on, it's a phone pad. It might look a bit busy, but it doesn't get more functional than that.

        The car has 4 cup-holders, and 4 good sized storage bins. The open storage cubby behind the console, and storage in the arm-rest. A simple, attractive driver's display (riding standard motorcycles for years I find too much going on there just tacky and useless).

        My only complaint about the interior is the rear seat-belt clips don't hold the damn things in and they'll be flapping on the high-way with the top down.

        Other than the the interior is simple, attractive, and extremely comfortable. I'd be happy if they never changed it. It's evolutionary, based on 50+ years of what's known to work when it comes to basic controls in your auto. Not stupid gadgets.

        Regarding the restyle though: The swept back headlights and extra curve make it look weird and stubby from the side. The A pillar is as long as the hood. A bit like a flattened bug. Not really an attractive update. The reverse lights looked better broken up a bit as well IMO, not as big white beams. And the 4 brake-lights were a more attractive design for the tail-lights as well.

        I get that the C70 probably isn't doing Volvo any favors sales-wise and they needed to do something. It's just unfortunate.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is actually a nice progressive step forward... and I love the new throwback badging Volvo has brought back on the trunks of their lineup. I'll be curious to see how they integrate this new C70 and XC60 design into the 40/50/80 models.
        • 5 Years Ago
        the interior does not look like much - but drive one and you will fall in love with it.

        it really is very well designed for driver interaction.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the new front over the old one which was a little bland IMO, this is much more aggressive. I'm not surprised the interior is the same, tested one of these and at the time it was actually much nicer than a lot of the competition, especially with that very Swedish bent wood thing they have going on.

      I have to say though something about it reminds me of the Pontiac G6, not sure if its the angle, the wheels, the color or the nose but I can't shake that image out of my head, I hope in person it reads differently.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Also I really like the trademark "volvo" across the backs of all their models, especially on the new wagons but its a little forced here, needs more room to breath. This is obviously a midcycle refresh where they are trying to apply a new design language to an older model. All these elements could still look great though on a totally new model, curious how it will all translate on the new S60.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I like it a lot. I've seen a lot of the current generation C70 on the road and it's getting kinda stale (like the current (1st generation) S60).
      All of Volvos newest designs (S80, XC60, V/XC70) look beautiful, and I'm sure the new S60 and C70 will be no different.
      Also, does anyone know what is happening to the S40/V50? I heard something about them being axed/not replaced after 2010ish, so I was wondering what the news is on that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can't say I'm a huge fan of the slanty-eyed look. This thing looks like Joan Rivers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm meellllttttiiiinnnnggg

        previous form- excellent
        upcoming S60- excellent
        combining the two for a little 'transitional' look- horrific
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think it looks good. Something to compete with the new Lexus IS C.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Funny you call that a reveal....
      • 5 Years Ago
      The new front end ruins a formerly very handsome car.
      Still looking forward to the new S60 though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a prototype, so I hope the gap between the body and A-pillars is tighter on the production models. Right now it gives the illusion that the windshield would just snap off with a good yank. I'm also not sure extending the taillights into the deck lid was such a good idea, even if it does carry on the Volvo rear design language. The last thing any hardtop convertible needs is more visible panel gaps.
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