Don't let this test vehicle's proportions deceive you – there's stretched Volvo C30 architecture under all of that cladding. Yes, Volvo is working on expanding its C30 range with the addition of this, the upcoming V30, set to rival the Audi A3 and recently redone BMW 1 Series hatchback in Europe. There's also a high-riding crossover variant, tentatively dubbed XC30 (go figure) in the cards.

The V30 will launch along side or shortly after the next-generation C30 hatch, and this prototype previews the new 30 family's design. In front, we can see smaller, more angular headlamps that better mimic what we see on the S60, and around back, we can see a more shapely taillamp design, still incorporating Volvo's signature all-the-way-up-the-D-pillar lighting scheme.

Look for the V30 to officially debut in late 2012 or early 2013.


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      cashsixeight
      • 3 Years Ago
      They should sell that thermoformed armor through the factory; I would buy it and drive it Mad Max style. Just needs a cage, more rust, and some guns!!!!!!!!!!
      hobbesfanmaster
      • 3 Years Ago
      Geeky is (surprisingly) not doing too bad owning Volvo at the moment...
      Alex740
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is a segment Volvo needs to have a strong presence in, glad to see even with their aspirations to move upmarket they are still thinking about small and premium models. Given all their success with the XC range, the XC30 will most likely be a hit as well.
      Leather Bear
      • 3 Years Ago
      This would probably do well in Europe as is (w/o the camo, of course...), but it may be a bit too small for us 'muricans. With the S40/V50 now gone, Volvo still needs an "entry" level model. With crossovers all being the rage right now, I'll bet this morphs in to an XC30 (or XC40) before we see this stateside.
        MikeInNC
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Leather Bear
        The rear leg room in the C30 is basically the same as the S40/V50 (I had the S40) which isn't bad at all. In fact it was much better than every 3 series I've owned and as good or better than most of the 5 series I've had too so I don't think this would be too small for the US. I think it's a direct competitor to the A3 which I've always liked but the styling just didn't quite do it for me. I've ridden in the diesel A3 in Europe and loved the torque so, I'd really like to see this 5-door variant come to the us in a turbo diesel. Good mileage and big enough to toss my bike in the back when needed (removing the front tire of course). I hope this makes it to the states.
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      Master Austin
      • 3 Years Ago
      i thought part of the agreement with Ford selling it off was they could no longer use the C1 platform, hmmm maybe that changed after the fact...
      Kumar
      • 3 Years Ago
      The V50 was tiny enough to sit in, I can't imagine this being any more accommodating for 6 footers.
        MikeInNC
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kumar
        I'm 6'-1" and we owned both an S40 (me) and a V50 (my wife) and I had no trouble fitting in it at all. I think the seat configuration is about the same but the rear hatch area is shortened.
      chromal
      • 3 Years Ago
      C30 = *three* door. This has *five*. Learn to count?
        flyingvet26
        • 3 Years Ago
        @chromal
        I always thought it was... C = Coupe S = Sedan V = Wagen (5-door) XC = Cross Country Was I wrong???
          jasdroe
          • 3 Years Ago
          @flyingvet26
          You was right.
          Joel
          • 3 Years Ago
          @flyingvet26
          Volvo marketing copy actually states the 'V' stands for 'Versatility', and they would also probably say "Saloon" rather than "Sedan" but you're right on the mark.
        jasdroe
        • 3 Years Ago
        @chromal
        Sorry. 30 refers to the size, just as 40, 50, 60, 70 and 80 have indicated size in the Volvo line-up.
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