These are the first spy pictures of Volvo’s crucial new Golf rival, tipped to be called Volvo V30.
The five-door hatchback will sit between the C30 and V50 in Volvo’s range and will share its front-drive ‘P1’ platform with these models (as well as the S40) when it is launched in 2013.
Volvo insiders have indicated to Autocar in the past that the firm is desperate to compete in one of Europe’s largest market segments and consider making such a car “an open goal”.
The car was made a priority by Volvo boss Stefan Jacoby when he joined the firm from Volkswagen last year. It has been pushed up the product cycle ahead of a replacement for the ageing XC90 full-size SUV.
The Swedish firm’s last attempt at cracking the Golf segment was with the Volvo 440 in the 1990s.
Jacoby confirmed the launch of the V30 to Autocar last year, saying it would “be a derivation of the C30 - a Golf competitor”. These spy images are the first concrete proof of its existence.