Volvo builds a 1-series
4 January 2006

This sharp-looking hatchback-cum-coupe concept takes a bow at next week's Detroit motor show and previews Volvo's forthcoming BMW 1-series/Audi A3 rival.

The C30 Design Concept is very close to how the finished car will look when it’s launched at the Paris show in September.

It’s a two-door, four-seat hatchback, although Volvo is pitching it as a coupé in the style of the 1987 480ES.

The unusual back end is lifted from last year’s 3CC concept. Volvo says it was inspired by the 1800ES of 1971, and the tailgate is all glass. At 4239mm long it’s 228mm shorter than an S40 saloon, but it's also slightly wider.

Underneath lie the essentials of a Focus platform, on which the C30 will be based. The Design Concept uses Volvo’s 260bhp turbocharged five-cylinder petrol engine, with 268lb ft, driving the front wheels through a six-speed ’box.

This drivetrain could make it into a range-topping production version of the C30. Volvo claims a 0-62mph time of 6.0sec and a top speed limited to 155mph.

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