Volvo's compact C30 is getting a facelift for 2010, and the public will get its first look at the Frankurt Motor Show later this month.
Most of the big changes will take place in front of the A-pillar, with the car getting a new honeycomb-style grille, new fenders and headlights, and a lowered front spoiler, to go along with a larger front air intake. One new exterior color will be offered, along with a new interior color combination.
The C30 is aimed at young, urban buyers, and a new optional styling kit will be offered in order to draw more of that demographic. The kit will include skidplates, an engraved logo, and special décor for the foglamps.
Performance-wise, a sport package will be optional. That package will offer springs that will be stiffened 30 percent and steering response that will be increased by 10 percent.
The only engine for U.S. models will be a 227-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder that mates to a standard 6-speed manual or an optional 5-speed automatic.
The C30 is an important car for Volvo. With the threat of high gas prices looming, and with the increased demand for small cars--and the increased competition in the segment--Volvo needs the new C30 to draw buyers. The company is at a critical juncture--parent Ford is looking to sell the Swedish automaker--so it needs a hit.
Volvo has been known for its safety record, and the current C30 was meant to draw a more youthful crowd. With an upgraded appearance and a little more sporting flavor, perhaps the 2010 version will be more of a success than its predecessor.