The 2011 C30 gets a new front end including a new nose, front fenders, grille, headlights and lower front spoiler. The rear of the C30 gets a facelift as well. Both models are powered by the same turbocharged 227 horsepower inline 5-cylinder engine. The R-Design model gets a stiffer suspension thanks to stiffer bushings, roll stabilizers and springs. The R-Design model also gets a full body kit that is body colored to give the impression that the car has actually been lowered more than the actual 10 mm.
Volvo announces pricing for the new 2011 C30 T5 and C30 T5 R-Design
Rockleigh, NJ (December 11, 2009) – Volvo Cars of North America, LLC (VCNA) announced pricing today of its exciting C30 T5 and C30 T5 R-Design. The C30 T5 has a MSRP of just $24,600* while the sporty C50 T5 R-Design starts at just $26,950*. Both cars come standard with a powerful turbocharged 227 horsepower inline 5-cylinder engine and a 6-speed manual transmission.
The new Volvo C30 T5 and C30 T5 R-Design see significant changes for the 2011 model year. The entire front clip has been redesigned, including the soft nose, front fenders, grille, headlights and lower front spoiler. This gives the car a radical new appearance from the front, carving out a distinctive personality which clearly separates the new C30 from the Volvo S40 and V50.
Following on the heels of the dynamically styled XC60 premium crossover, the 2011 C30 incorporates a large Volvo iron mark. The air intake has also grown in size and resembles the intake in the XC60. The grille has a new pattern used exclusively on both C30 variants.
Although the biggest design changes have taken place at the front, the rear also sports the same deep new lines and detailing. The contours are more dramatic than before. The black plastic panels have been replaced with more body color lower down, in the same or a contrasting color, to forge a closer visual between the car and the road surface.
C30 T5 R-Design – Taking it to the next level
The biggest changes in the new Volvo C30 T5 R-Design are actually hidden beneath the skin. While the car’s extroverted body kit and design cues are easy to see, it is the chassis and the steering that have been the main focus of attention. The aim is to create a sporty driving experience and a sophisticated feeling of comfort.
The R-Design chassis has been modified in several areas. Stiffer bushings allow for more precise steering. The steering ratio is lower, giving 10 percent faster response to driver input. Spring stiffness has been increased by 30 percent in order to better maintain the C30 T5 R-Design’s poise during enthusiastic driving. The mono-tube dampers are stiffer and build up pressure much more quickly. The roll stabilizers are stiffer to reduce any leaning tendency when taking corners.
The new sport chassis has made the C30 R-Design a better-balanced and more agile car. Road is more distinct and feedback from the wheels is faster and clearer, promoting a more alert feeling while driving.
The most noticeable design change is an all-new body kit featuring a redesigned front and rear. The body kit is monochromatic, giving a visual impression that the car has been lowered by much more than the actual 10 mm reduction in ride height. The new C30 R-Design is also equipped with 18-inch “Midir” diamond cut alloy wheels, just like the rest of the R-Design range. The interior is now available with dramatic new black upholstery as an alternative.
Pricing and Options
2011 C30 T5 – $24,600*
2011 C30 T5 R-Design – $26,950*
Preferred Package – $1,800
Power driver seat
Power passenger seat
Keyless drive (R-Design only)
Power glass moonroof
Aluminum Inlay (T5 Only)
Climate Package – $900
Heated front seats
Interior Air Quality System (IAQS)
Electronic climate control
Rainsensor windshield wipers
Multimedia Package – $2,000
Dynaudio premium sound system with Dolby Pro Logic II surround sound
Navigation system with real-time traffic
2 complimentary map updates
Stand Alone Options
Metallic paint – $550
Premium Electric Silver Metallic Pain (R-Design only) – $675
5-speed automatic transmission with Geartronic – $1,250
Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) – $700
SIRIUS satellite radio with complimentary 6-month subscription – $400
Dual Xenon Active Bending Lights (ABL) – $800
Portable navigation system – $750
Leather seating surfaces – $1,200
Exterior styling kit (C30 T5 only) – $1,445
Interior styling kit (C30 T5 only) – $295
The 2010 Volvo Cars model lineup includes the award-winning S40 and its wagon counterpart the V50; the award-winning XC90; the flagship S80 luxury sedan; versatile V70 wagon and rugged XC70 (Cross Country); the stunning C70 retractable hardtop convertible; the dynamic C30 and the new XC60 with standard City Safety.
*prices do not include destination charges of $850