Volvo facelifts C70: first photos of 2010 CC

Published: 01 September 2009

Volvo is tweaking its sportiest car, the C70. Fresh for the 2010 model year, the Swedes will facelift the C70 with Volvo’s new corporate nose job, a range of exterior changes and numerous detailed spec changes.

Did you know the C70 was the world’s first four-seater CC with a folding hard top? We’d rather forgotten. It was the world’s first four-seater coupé-convertible at launch back in 2006, and Volvo has left its 30-second party piece – the three-piece metal roof – intact.

‘We have carefully redesigned the front and rear of the car so they harmonise more with the larger Volvo models,’ said Fedde Talsma, exterior chief designer. ‘We have also increased the exclusiveness of the interior materials and trim details to enhance the feeling of luxury.’

So it’s got the face of the S60 concept car?

Bingo. Hence the softer forms, more rounded headlights and grille. And those front wings have been gently remoulded to give a wedgier front look. Out back, LED tail lights are introduced giving the rump a more distinctive look.

There’s change inside too. The instrument panel is redesigned, while some of the dashboard surfaces and seat materials are new too.

When can I buy the new facelifted Volvo C70?

Production starts in November 2009 with cars arriving early 2010. Four models will be available:

2.0 D, 134bhp, 47.1mpg, 158g/km
D5, 178bhp, 42.8mpg, 174g/km
2.4i, 168bhp, 31.4mpg, 215g/km
T5, 227bhp, 31.7mpg, 209g/km

>> Click here for CAR’s guide to the 2009 Frankfurt motor show

By Tim Pollard

Group digital editorial director, motoring news magnet