• What is it? One of the most stylish three-door hatchbacks on the market
• The basics: Ultra-frugal engines and a practical hatchback body
• On sale: Next year, with a public showing and more details at the Frankfurt auto show
• Price: $24,000 (est.)
Volvo’s ultra-stylish C30 hatchback 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 less than a week’s time. Once again, the C30 will be offered in numerous configurations thanks to a wide selection of drivetrains, design details and equipment levels.
Styling of the car has been revised to feature elements from Volvo’s 2009 S60 Concept that was unveiled at the Detroit auto show earlier this year and brings the styling of the hatch in line with Volvo's new design language.
In fact, the entire front has been redesigned, including body panels such as the front wings. This gives the car a radical new appearance from the front, carving out a distinctive personality which clearly separates it from the Volvo S40 and V50.
New elements include a larger Volvo badge, new air intakes similar to those found on the XC60 crossover, and a newly designed grille. Designers have also added an ‘Orange Flame Metallic’ paint scheme, visible exhaust tailpipes on the T5 and D5 models, and two new wheel options.
Inside, Volvo’s trademark floating center stack gets a redesign, as does the aluminum door handles.
Upgrades to the chassis sees the car made stiffer and with more distinct properties than previously. The steering is more precise owing to the installation of stiffer bushings and a lower steering ratio. Spring stiffness has been increased by 30%, while the dampers and roll stabilizers get some added stiffness to boost handling performance.
The engine lineup consists of both gasoline and diesel units and ranges in output from 100 horsepower from a compact 1.6-liter unit to 230 horsepower from a range topping T5 turbocharged 2.5-liter mill. The most fuel-efficient model is a 1.6-liter turbodiesel with engine stop-start technology, which returns a claimed fuel economy of 60 mpg.
Transmission choices include a six-speed manual gearbox and two automatics, a regular five-speed auto and a six-speed Powershift dual-clutch unit.
Expect more details, including U.S. specifications, closer to the car’s sales launch, due early next year.