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Volvo is
set to unveil its C30 small hatch at the Detroit motor show and has the Audi
A3, BMW 1-series and Alfa Romeo 147 in its sights.

The C30 is
due to go on sale in September, and the Detroit car is called the C30 Design
 Concept.

However,
the high-waisted hatch shows just how the finished car will look.

The
emphasis of the C30 is on sporty looks and performance, aided by a 260bhp, 2.4
litre five-cylinder engine, which helps the C30 cover 0-62mph in six seconds.

The styling
is similar to the S40 saloon’s from the front, but the side profile has a more
swept-back coupe look that borrows heavily from Volvo’s SSC (Safety Concept
 Car).

At the
rear, the high-set rear lights and glass hatch will not be mistaken for
anything else.

Four
individual seats are a feature of the interior, which has a dashboard very
similar in look to the S40’s and uses Volvo’s ‘floating’ centre console design.

When the
C30 goes on sale in the UK towards the end of 2006, expect a starting price of
around £16,000, going up to £23,000 for the 260bhp, 2.4-litre model.

The engine
range is likely to mirror that of the S40, so there should be petrol 1.6, 1.8
and high-performance 2.4.

Diesel
buyers will be catered for with a 2.0-litre turbodiesel.

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