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2010 Volvo C30 - Click above for high-res image gallery

As expected, Volvo will do the nip tuck on its entry-level model, the C30 hatchback, for the 2010 model year. The first official pictures and an accompanying press release have just been unleashed ahead of the car's upcoming debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and, not surprisingly, the updates focus mainly on the front and rear fascias and closely mirror the modifications made to the C70 hardtop convertible.

Up front, an interesting mixture of sharp angles and creases join organic shapes and headlamps that are stretched well back into the fenders. Prominent badging puts Volvo's iron mark front and center in the shapely new grille. At the rear, the brand name is spelled out in larger script on the C30's trademark glass hatchback.

Besides the refreshed appearance, the 2010 C30 will also sport a bevy of new color options, including an Espresso/Blond interior combination. Chassis mods start and end with an available Sports package that lowers the car by 10 millimeters, adds stiffer bushings, dampers and stabilizer bars and a quicker steering ratio. Want more? Check out our gallery below and hit the jump for the U.K. press release.

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[Source: Volvo]




* New front and rear design
* Introduction of the new Sports chassis
* New accessory styling kit
* Extensive range of options, bold colours and accessories

Volvo Car UK has announced first details of the new Volvo C30 SportsCoupe. Offering a radical new frontal and rear appearance and available with an all-new Sports chassis, the new C30 looks set to capitalise on the success of its predecessor. The new Volvo C30 will be unveiled to the world at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September and will go into production this November.

Major exterior changes
The front of the Volvo C30 has been redesigned giving the car a radical new appearance. Body panel changes, including the wings and bonnet, create a distinctive personality whilst closely aligning it to the S60 Concept and recently announced new C70.

"The front of the Volvo C30 has become more dramatic and expressive. The angled lines of the front bumper together with the new headlamps, which are drawn offset and up, reinforce the impression of speed and sportiness," says Fedde Talsma, Exterior Chief Designer at Volvo Cars.

In the grille sits the new, larger iron mark, as seen in the rest of the Volvo range. The air intake has also been enlarged and resembles the intake in the XC60. The grille also has a new honeycomb pattern, unique to the C30.

Although the biggest design changes have taken place at the front, the rear also sports a similar range of updates, including a new colour-coded rear valance that is available in body colour or, to add a dramatic twist, in a contrasting colour.

Other new exterior features include the introduction of a vibrant Orange Flame Metallic colour, visible exhaust tailpipes in the T5 and D5 models, two new wheel options, including a striking white wheel alternative and the choice of five different colours on the lower trim from the new C30 Contrast Colour Collection, such as Blackcurrant, Java and Shadow Blue.

New expressive accessory styling kit
A new accessory styling kit has been introduced to give the Volvo C30 even more sporting attitude. The kit includes foglamp décor, a front skidplate, side scuff plates and a rear skidplate with an aluminium look. For D5 and T5 variants, two 90 mm tail pipes in polished stainless steel are added to highlight the powerful engine.

Matching interior updates
The new Volvo C30 also offers a range of new interior options. There is now an all-new colour combination, Espresso/Blond, consisting of a dark brown upper section and a blond, fresh shade on the lower door sides. The blond tone is a grey/beige colour and is an expression of Volvo's strong Scandinavian design tradition. The Espresso/Blond interior gives customers the opportunity to specify the new, bright accent colours which include orange, green and blue in the fabrics, as well as a new Cranberry colour for leather upholstery.

"We want to give customers the opportunity to decide for themselves what their car looks like. The new C30 gives them a range of fresh, modern style cues in terms of colour and fabric to choose between," explains Maria Uggla, Program Chief Designer Colour & Trim at Volvo Cars.

New Sport chassis
To compliment the Volvo C30's new dynamic style, an optional Sports chassis will be available which gives the C30 a significantly sharper ride. The introduction of the Sports chassis means the car is lowered by 10 millimetres, resulting in a lower centre of gravity enhancing the driving characteristics. The steering is more precise owing to the installation of stiffer bushings. The steering ratio is lower, giving a 10 percent faster response to steering wheel input. Spring stiffness has been increased by 30 percent to deliver a more dynamic ride. The dampers too are stiffer and are designed to build up pressure more quickly. The roll stabilizers are also stiffer to reduce any leaning tendency when cornering. The new sport chassis is available as an option in all C30 variants except with the 1.6D DRIVe with Start/Stop. (More information on the new Sport chassis to follow).

The new Volvo C30 will be available with a wide range of drivelines, including the new 1.6D DRIVe with Start/Stop which offers impressively low fuel consumption.

Further pricing and specification details
Full details, including prices and specification, will be released closer to the on-sale date. First vehicles are expected to be in showrooms and delivered to customers in early 2010

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Hope they do a nice R-design package for it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The interior still needs a refresh from the sheer plainess. Nice nose job though!
      • 5 Years Ago
      (This case of my comments disappearing every so often isn't, though.)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm guessing the front end is an indication of what we can expect the mystery S60 to look like.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Up front, an interesting mixture of sharp angles and creases join organic shapes and headlamps that are stretched well back into the fenders. "

      Please forgive my ignorance, but which shapes are the organic ones?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I see a lil Mazda 3 in this...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Was thinking the same thing. It's been Mazdafied, only in a less goofy looking manner.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Late to this party but I did a quick photochop of the front end. On the Volvo ¾ front end view I removed the license plate and without changing the general shape of the grill opening, I enlarged it to down to within 2 inches of the top of the lower air intake. Then slightly reshaped the fog lamp area by making it a bit smaller and less stretched at the top left. I also slightly reduced the headlamp size...and wa la.... it is similar to a Mazda RX 8 circa 2004-2007. Even to the similarity of the black chicken wire grid work in the grill, so Ford, Mazda, Volvo all family ties. I like the C30 size and concept, if I ever traded my RX8 the C30 R is one i'd look at.
      • 5 Years Ago
      D'oh! I should've waited before I bought my 2008 C30. Oh well, something to look forward to as a replacement I guess. Looks great!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hey, I'll buy your used 2008 when you're ready to upgrade. I can't afford a new one but would love to own one of the current models when they because 3-4 years old.
      • 5 Years Ago
      no hp to back up the aggressive look.

      Yawn, call me when they have a REAL R version....not "r design" crap.
        • 5 Years Ago
        227hp = none?

        The 2009 T5 version in the US did 227 hp. That doesn't sound too bad for a 3200lb car. How much hp do we figure this thing needs?

      • 5 Years Ago
      I like this car, a lot! I only wish I could find a nice used one with a stick. A lot of people bought them with an automatic, and me no likey.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The exterior is absolutely incredible. Excellent little coupe. The interior needs a working though. It looks like the center console comes with a built-in remote control from the 90s. Just oversimplified. It needs a readjustment. Other than that, it is a great car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd like to see the C30 get extra half-doors for the rear. I'm picturing small doors like you'd find on an extended cab light pickup. Who's with me?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have a 2008 C30 in silver and i absolutely love everything about it. I'm not sure about this, the front end is nice but it doesn't seem to fit well with the rest of the car. I want to see it in different colors and face to face before i make my decision about it. But i'm glad Volvo is giving all their cars the same design language, the new S60 looks good so far:

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