The facelifted Volvo C30 (2010 model) is set to be publicly unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show that opens several days from today. Consider these pictures a prelude. Modifications to the front and rear of the car were made, obviously taking hues from the S60 Concept and the recently revealed 2010 C70.
For front-end changes, the carmaker installed new panels for the wings and bonnet, and a larger Volvo logo in the restyled honeycomb grille, in line with all the other current models.
Reflecting the design of the XC60 is the air intake that was enlarged. The rear has also been revised. Buyers can choose the color of the rear bumper assembly, whether to go with the car's body color or an alternative color.
For a sharper ride, buyers can opt for a new Sports chassis. However, this is not available for those who have the 1.6D DRIVe stop-start model.
Changes include sharper steering, a tighter steering ratio that gives a 10% faster response to inputs, increased spring stiffness (up by 30 percent) and stiffer dampers. The polished stainless steel exhausts are now visible on T5 and D5-powered models, adding metallic orange to the color choices.
Two new wheel options are offered, one of which is white. Buyers can also choose from a variety of new upholstery colors. The C30 can also be specified with a new styling kit, which includes a fog lamp surround and front and rear skidplates.
There are five diesel options being offered, ranging in power from 107 bhp to 177 bhp. Or buyers may opt for any of the three petrols, ranging from 99 bhp to 227 bhp. These include two DRIVe eco models powered by the 1.6-liter diesel engine. The version with stop-start averages 72.4 mpg and emits 104 g/km of CO2, while the version without the system averages 62.8mpg and emits 119 g/km.
The facelifted car will go on sale early in 2010. Pricing has yet to be announced.
The Volvo C30 three-door premium compact hatchback was officially unveiled at the 2006 Paris Motor Show. The model was unveiled just seven months after the C30 Design Concept was unwrapped ath the 2006 North American International Auto Show. During its unveiling in Paris, the C30 was expected to reach annual sales of 65,000 cars. Around 75 percent of those sales were expected to come from Europe, including Italy, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom.
Volvo launched the C30 in Europe in late 2006, in Canada in March 2007, and in October 2007 in the United States.