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Nip-tuck for Volvo hatch

2009-09-09 11:27
The Volvo C30 making its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show has a new, updated look and more options than any person would ever need on a car…

The C30's entire front has been redesigned for a radical new appearance that sets it apart from other, more grown-up models.

The air intake has grown to resemble that of the XC60 and the new grille is exclusive to the C30.

But just because most of the changes are evident at the front, does not mean the rear styling has been abandoned. The rear contours are, according to Volvo "wavier and more dynamic than before".

Other additions include a trendy new Orange Flame Metallic for the exterior and two new wheel options (including white rims!).

The C30's interior has received an update too, including new wood shades for the facia, and Cranberry, a new colour for the leather upholstery.

Other new features include new material and a new graphic for the luggage compartment cover.

Volvo reckons almost half of C30 customers make detailed changes to their car interiors. To this end, the carmaker is offering new buyers a range of new trim options to choose from.

A new accessory styling kit is available too, with foglamp décor, front and rear (with aluminium finish) skidplates and side scuff plates bearing the C30 logo. D5 (which is not sold in SA) and T5 models now have twin tailpipes finished in stainless steel gleaming from the rear bumper.

Inside the cabin, an ancient nautical theme is adopted. Floor maps form a world map and the aluminium centre stack is inspired by a nautical chart with its pattern showing latitude and longitude lines.

Beneath the metal, C30's new optional sport chassis makes for a car that is sharper and stiffer than before. Spring and damper settings are tighter and steering is said to be more precise with the addition of stiffer bushings.

Engines remain unchanged and the 1.6-, 2.0- and 2.5-litre T5 models are again expected for South Africa. The revised C30 becomes available here from the first quarter of 2010.


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