Volvo C30 Design Concept – a smaller Volvo in a nimble and muscular package

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At the Detroit Motor Show in early January, Volvo Cars opens the door to the future when it displays the Volvo C30 Design Concept – an indication of what the new Volvo C30 will look like at its unveiling in Paris in September 2006.

The Volvo C30 Design Concept is a sporty two-door, four-seater with a glass tailgate. The sleek, modern look is exhibited in a contrasting combination of two colours; Quite White and Very Bronze. The design clearly reflects several elements from the Volvo Safety Concept Car.

“Our aim was to give the Volvo C30 Design Concept a hefty dose of muscles in a sporty and compact package,” says Volvo Cars’ design director Steve Mattin.

ES-inspired tailgate
The dynamic front is characterised by the angled headlamps and the low, wide grille. Looking along the side, the well-defined wheel arches and the sloping roofline gives the car a fast silhouette, which is emphasized by the extreme boat shape of the glasshouse.

The curvature of the rear shoulders is very pronounced and further enhanced by the horseshoe-shaped tail light pattern and the glass tailgate.

“This exclusive and nimble glass tailgate is inspired both by the classic Volvo P1800 ES and the SCC concept car. The light pattern is so unusual that you’ll never be in any doubt of which car you have in front of you,” says Mattin.

Full four seater
The interior reinforces the sporty character of the Volvo C30 Design Concept. The individual rear seats with generous legroom make the car a full four-seater. The rear seats are slightly centred, which gives the passengers an aura of space along with good visibility to the front.

“The space between the seats also showcases Volvo’s super-thin, visually floating centre stack, bringing it into full view from behind through the glass tailgate”, says Steve Mattin.

Space for luggage – when necessary
The Volvo C30 Design Concept was designed for a customer category that mostly uses the front seats only. The luggage space behind the attractive glass tailgate is designed for everyday loads such as briefcases and sports equipment – with the ability to swallow far larger loads if one or both rear seats are folded flat.

World class audio system
A first-class audio system is an important part of the driving experience. That is why the Volvo C30 Design Concept has Volvo’s Premium Sound system, with 5 x 130 W digital ICE Power amplifier from Alpine, Dolby Pro Logic II Surround and 10 loudspeakers from Dynaudio of Denmark.

Five-cylinder turbo engine with 194 kW
Measuring 424 cm front to rear, the Volvo C30 Design Concept is no less than 23 cm shorter than the Volvo S40, but slightly wider (178 cm).

Under the bonnet the Volvo C30 Design Concept has an in-line five-cylinder 2.4-litre turbocharged engine. It gives the driver 194 kW at 5 500 rpm and maximum torque of 350 Nm between 2 100 and 5 000 rpm. The car is fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox.

The Volvo C30 Design Concept accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 6 seconds and its top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h.
Keeps its promises

The 19-inch aluminium wheels have Pirelli Corsa 225/35 R19 tyres. There are four-pot brakes from Brembo with aluminium callipers and 330 mm ventilated brake discs both front and rear.

“Sporty driving characteristics are a must to attract this customer category. A car that radiates muscular agility has to live up to its appearance once you slip behind the steering wheel,” says Håkan Abrahamsson, the C30 project director.