Volvo has unveiled its new C30, the smallest car in Volvo’s model range, at the Paris Auto Show. For the European market, Volvo will offer the C30 with a range of gasoline, flex-fuel and diesel engines that can deliver fuel consumption as low as 4.9 liters/100km (48 mpg US).
Volvo has announced that it will bring the car to the US market as well, although no earlier than the 2008 model year. The C30’s primary markets will be in Europe, with the largest markets being Italy, the UK, Germany and Spain. Volvo Cars estimates global sales of the C30 at 65,000 units annually. Pricing and volume expectations for the US-bound C30 have not yet been set.
The Volvo C30 can be fitted with four and five-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines, from 1.6 to 2.5 liters i displacement. All engines have four-valve technology and double overhead camshafts, which contribute to the quick response and good high-speed characteristics.
The most powerful gasoline engine (T5) is turbocharged, and has very high and even torque from low to high engine speeds (320 Nm from 1,500 to 4,800 rpm). For Sweden, Volvo is offering a 1.8-liter flex-fuel option.
|C30 Engine Options|
|T5 (2.5L)||In-line 5-cyl. turbo||162 (220)||320 (236)|
|2.4i||In-line 5||125 (170)||230 (170)|
|2.0||In-line 4||107 (145)||185 (137)|
|1.8||In-line 4||92 (125)||165 (122)|
|1.8 Flex-fuel||In-line 4||92 (125)||165 (122)|
|1.6||In-line 4||74 (100)||150 (111)|
|D5 (2.4L)||In-line 5-cyl. turbo||132 (180)||350 (258)|
|D5 (Belgium)||In-line 5 turbo||120 (163)||340 (251)|
|2.0D||In-line 4 turbo||100 (136)||320 (236)|
|1.6D||In-line 4 turbo||80 (109)||240 (177)|
All engines are transversely mounted in the engine bay, Turbo technology is used on the T5 engine and on all diesel engines to enhance performance.
A six-speed manual gearbox is used with the T5 and 2.0D engines and a five-speed Geartronic automatic gearbox is available with the five-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines. A particulate filter is available with all diesel engines.
Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DTSC), is standard in most markets. Steering is electro-hydraulic (hydraulic for the 1.6-liter gasoline).