It's makeover time, and Volvo has just given their funky C30 sports coupe a thorough front redesign. The grille has a new pattern, which clearly separates the new C30 from the Volvo S40 and V50. Together with the Volvo badge the air intake has also grown in size. The black plastic panels in the rear have also been replaced with body color lower down, in the same or a contrasting color, to forge a closer visual contact between the car and the road surface.

Other new exterior features are the new body color, Orange Flame Metallic, visible exhaust tailpipe in the T5 and D5 models, an option to paint wheels in white, and two new wheel options.

"The new exterior is also a better match for the way the C30 drives - challenging, direct and with a whole lot of attitude." says Daniel Backman, Product Manager for the new Volvo C30.

Among other things, there is now an all-new color combination known as Espresso/Blond, consisting of a dark brown upper section and a blond, fresh shade on the lower door sides. There's a new luggage compartment cover in the rear, which uses a new material and a new graphic pattern to further enhance the car's modern image.

The Oyster Burst Déco have been added to its center stack variant. Inspired by the surface texture of the classic Swedish Hagström guitars which has a pattern that shifted subtly from light to dark and back again.

A new optional sport chassis package will be available consisting of stiffer bushings, springs, roll stabilizers and mono-tube dampers. This results in more precise steering and considerably sharper, more distinct properties than previously. The new sport chassis is available in all C30 versions except for 1.6D DRIVe.

A more ecological friendly Volvo C30 1.6D DRIVe is available with an advanced start/stop function that switches off the engine when the car is at a standstill just like in a traffic queue This cuts fuel consumption to as little as 3.9 l/100 km while carbon dioxide emissions are just 104 g CO2/km, the lowest in this segment.