Volvo have broadened the allure of their uniquely appealing C30, with the addition of two new models to the range: the C30 D5 turbodiesel, and a new S variant that makes the C30 available to a wider range of buyers.
Joining the LE and T5 models that introduced the C30 to the Australian market in March 2007, the C30 D5 and C30 S expand the range to four.
The new 132kW 2.4-litre five-cylinder turbodiesel engine, found in the C30 D5, generates a mightily impressive 400Nm produced from 2000rpm (350Nm from 1750rpm with the Geartronic transmission), resulting in a combination of high performance with outstanding fuel economy.
The standard C30 D5 accelerates from zero to 100km/h in a swift 7.7 seconds, while returning an impressive average fuel economy figure of 6.2L/100km.
The C30 D5 also has low tailpipe emissions through its advanced diesel-engine design and its use of a regenerative catalyst-coated Catalysed Diesel Particulate Filter (CDPF) to reduce total particulate output to levels at or below those of petrol-engined cars. The C30 D5 also boasts a very low CO2 emissions figure of 164g/km.
"With the impressive sophistication of modern diesel engines, the D5 powerplant finds an appropriate home in a car already known for its sporty characteristics and highly individual character,? said Alan Desselss, Managing Director Volvo Car Australia
Standard kit for the C30 D5 includes electronic climate-control air-conditioning, leather-trimmed steering wheel, aluminium inlays in the doors and centre console, Performance Sound six-speaker audio with CD player, cruise control, trip computer and steering wheel controls, Kalix interior trim with adjustable lumbar support for the driver and front passenger, 6.5 x 16 alloy wheels, Home Safe and approach lighting, heated and powered exterior rear-view mirrors and front and rear fog lights.
The new S version of the Volvo C30 is aimed at the more budget conscious and lowers the price point at which aspiring C30 buyers can get their hands on the keys.
"The new C30 S is also a welcome addition to the range that will help bring this enticing new Volvo within reach of more Australian buyers."
Using the 125kW five-cylinder 2.4-litre engine employed in the LE model, the C30 S is available with the choice of manual five-speed or five-speed Geartronic transmission.
Standard kit for the S includes electronic climate-control air-conditioning, cruise control, trip computer, Kalix interior trim, six-speaker sound system with CD player and steering wheel-mounted audio controls, adjustable lumbar support for the driver and front passenger, leather-trimmed steering wheel and 16-inch alloy wheels.
Volvo built their reputation on safety and nothing has changed with the C30 D5 and S models. Both are fitted with dual front airbags, front side airbags and inflatable curtain airbags (IC) complimenting Volvo's Side Impact protection System (SIPS), and Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS).
The C30 D5 and S also employ Volvo's STC Stability and Traction Control System as well as ABS braking with Emergency Brake Assist (EBA).
Available with a six-speed manual as standard or with Volvo's adaptive five-speed Geartronic automatic transmission, the C30 D5 is priced at $42,450 and $43,950 respectively. The C30 S is $34,450 in five-speed manual form, or $35,950 with five-speed Geartronic automatic transmission.