Preview: 2010 Volvo C70 Convertible

September 1, 2009

•    What is it?
•    The basics: A folding hard-top and sultry styling
•    On sale: Early next year, with a public showing and more details at the Frankfurt Auto Show
•    Price: $40,000 (est.)

Volvo’s ultra-stylish C70 Convertible has a received a facelift for the 2010 model year and has been revealed today ahead of its official world debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in just a couple of weeks. Equipped with the same three-piece steel roof, practical seating for four adults and Volvo’s renowned reputation for safety, the facelifted C70 features an updated front and rear design, along with an updated interior.

Styling of the car has been revised to feature elements from Volvo’s 2009 S60 Concept Car that was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year. Bodywork details such as the front wings have also been redesigned, while the nose is more wedge-shaped and has been given added three-dimensional depth by moving some elements of the front. A new ‘Flamenco Red Pearl’ paint scheme has also been added to the range.

2010 Volvo C70 Convertible

2010 Volvo C70 Convertible

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Inside, the instrument panel has been redesigned, giving it a wider, sleeker look and the surface of the panel has a new texture that enhances the feeling of quality.

Being a Volvo, the 2010 C70 predictably comes with a comprehensive safety package, which in this case includes an advanced body structure and several solutions that are unique in the world of convertibles.

2010 Volvo C70 Convertible

2010 Volvo C70 Convertible

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The C70 has sturdy metal hoops that shoot up behind the rear seat passengers to create added protective space should the car roll over. These hoops, which are part of Volvo's Rollover Protection System (ROPS), are activated by a gyro-sensor. Since the Volvo C70 has a proper glass rear window, the hoops shoot up through the glass if the roof is up. They have therefore been fitted with small hardened metal spikes that break the glass to guarantee proper protective function.

One important part of the side-impact and rollover protection is an inflatable curtain, which is installed in the door since there is no roof rail in which to fit it. In addition to the inflatable curtains on either side, the front seat occupants also have side-impact airbags.

2010 Volvo C70 Convertible

2010 Volvo C70 Convertible

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Under the hood, Volvo will be offering a total of five different powertrains ranging in output from about 136 to 230 horsepower. The range will kick off with the 2.0D turbodiesel developing 136 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque and top out with a 2.5-liter T5 turbocharged gasoline model with 230 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque on tap.

Stay tuned for the car’s official unveiling later this month and expect more details to be forthcoming closer to its sales launch, expected early next year.

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