• Mar 18th 2010 at 4:31PM
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Much like the 3 Series-based BMW X1, Volvo is reportedly hard at work on its own diminutive soft-roader, modeled on the C30 hatchback. The new small crossover, said to be dubbed XC30 (natch), will ride on a slightly taller version of the C30's chassis, and while the drivetrain and powerplants are likely to be straight out of the three-door hatch, it's been reported that the styling will be more akin to that of the larger XC60 CUV.

The addition of a small(er) crossover to Volvo's lineup doesn't shock us, especially since other European luxury marques have discussed the possibility of creating crossovers in this segment as well. Audi is supposedly working on a Q3 to slot below the hot-selling Q5, and Mercedes-Benz has been rumored to be creating a crossover based on the next-generation B-Class, possibly called BLK.

Volvo is also said to be working on a five-door wagon-like version of the C30 (possibly called V30), but that supposed project remains in murkier parts of the rumormill for now. Look for the XC30 crossover to bow sometime in 2012.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Well based on the view of autoblog readers, this premium compact crossover should cost MORE than the the XC60. Because not all small vehicles are econocars, according to readers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Is this Sea Urchin's baby brother?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Are you mnmlist under a different name? Because your comments are annoying just like his.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Diet coke costs more than regular coke, even though you are paying for less calories. So, I guess paying more for a smaller car isn't such a foreign concept after all.
      • 5 Years Ago
      FWIW … VOLVO XC30 Sighting in Houston, Texas, on April 1, 2010.

      This is not an April Fool’s Joke. Today at lunch in the Memorial Park area of Houston, TX, I discovered a beautiful, sporty looking Black Volvo XC30 parked next to me. Checked with local dealer dealer, and all they claim to know is what they are reading online in articles like yours — only thing they could imagine was someone was testing a prototype (except the car I saw looked like a full-production unit). This is a fantastic model that stands about 5′8″ tall, Volvo black with black leather with silver trimmed interior. Only thing I did not care for was the huge sloping passenger dash. Picture a mini 4/5- passenger XC90 with all the storage space removed behind the rear passenger seat.

      • 5 Years Ago
      The 5 door as a CUV could be a cool little car. If it's not positioned to sell for 40k.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oops - meant to say I'd tried the standard C30.

      This one may be different if the company has listened to the cries of "lost sale - add some bins please, and quick" from the dealership floor!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll take two. I try to send as much of my money as possible to China. Plus Edward might drive this car in the fourth Twilight movie!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The idea s not too bad, in fact the C30 remained a 3 door only to spare Focus II buyers runnning over to Volvo. Although I really dont understand, why its bad for the group to bring their customers to their more expensive products, but VW did the same thng with the A3 II (vs Golf V) at that time. On the other hand, I start t find the Volvo articles here a bit strange. The C30 is an S40 Hatchback, the platform was introduced in 2003 (Focus II and S40). Why on earth would they still design a NEW model on a 7 year old Ford platform? I think somebody, could have done a little research before copy pasting. This was a news 2-3 years ago.I kinda get the idea that sby made up an article was for the usual geely marketing campaign (to put it there that they are the GREATEST car producer ever, despite being a marginal factor even in their own country, and they never developed anything, but great plans to conquer the world (or unexperenced investors)), but at elast that part was cut out... (hey, havent they announced last year that they already bought Volvo, and also this year about 3 times, without ACTUALLY making a deal?, that kinda reminds me to the cars they produce, fake news for fake cars,well).
      • 5 Years Ago
      They should have done this 2 years ago,it looks great.
      But if it doesn't have AWD and at least 250 hp count me out.
      Volvo is a premium brand and it better start acting that way, I mean we all know where the bar is so you better make a car that competes or don't waste our time.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nah. Volvo should fix the fact that the C30 is pretty lame to drive before adding a crossover to it's range. Not sure about the whole idea. Who would buy an awfully expensive crossover if there is something like the Dacia Sandero Stepway which costs nearly nothing?
        • 5 Years Ago
        lol, DACIA ..
        did he actually go there .. ?

        the C30 is awesome.

        drives like a sedan on the straight
        corners like the .. swift (= good)

        the only problem is the trunk
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's like asking why would you buy a BMW when a Kia's cheaper.
        Do I need to start listing the reasons?

        Just because it's small doesn't mean it's an appliance. Have you ever sat in a Dacia and compared it to a Volvo?
        • 5 Years Ago
        people who cant get a hold of a Dacia Sandero Stepway because theyve never seen it and probably will never see one at their local dealers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I thought the X1 shared a platform (at least the 4X4 one) with the MINI Countryman and they were both assembled together in Austria.

      Maybe I misread. Maybe only the RWD version has a 3-series platform?

        • 5 Years Ago
        Sorry, but you're mistaken:

        2010 Mini Countryman

        Posted by autocar on January 20, 2010 · Leave a Comment

        MINI Countryman 2010 is the fourth model of the product offering British brand which adopts a setting of SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) to be presented in world premiere next month of March at the Geneva Motor Show 2010.
        MINI Countryman Chasis shared with the BMW X1
        The new MINI Countryman, known internally as the R60, take [...]

        • 5 Years Ago
        And again:

        Despite a strong family resemblance, the Countryman will actually ride on a different platform to the rest of the Mini range. To accommodate the Countryman’s all-wheel drive system, the chassis and most components are shared with the BMW X1.

        While the BMW X1 will be built in the USA, the Countryman will be assembled by Magna Steyr in Austria, making this the first time that a Mini will be assembled outside the UK.

        • 5 Years Ago
        The X1 shares the 3 series platform
      • 5 Years Ago
      The C30 like the Mazda3 are based on the current generation Ford Focus C-platform and that is why they (Mazda) handle real well. The Volvo CUV would be like the Escape replacement coming on the new Focus platform in late 2011 as a 2012 model.
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