This will be their first hatch-back since the late 440-model. The platform will be the same as in the other cars in the series, but it will be shortened considerably, and it will also be a few centimeters narrower.
The wheelbase will be reduced by almost ten centimeters, and the total car length will be just over 40 centimeters shorter than normal.
Despite the small size, the car will have five doors and a backseat which can hold two adults in a pinch. The trunk space will be minimal though.
P30 is designed to draw the younger buyers to Volvo, and competes with cars like the Audi A2. It will not be a cheap car, but instead a small car with a lot of premium content.
This car will likely have the option of a gas sipping engine co-developed with Ford.
You have been warned Audi and Volkswagen! Volvo is ready to launch the biggest threat yet to the A2/A3 and Golf with an innovative new hatchback. Based on the SCC concept unveiled officially this week, the road car will come in both three and five-door guise and be badged V30.
It will be the first model within the Ford group to use the all-new P1 platform. This will also be the basis of the next-generation Focus and Mazda 323, both of which are due in 2004.
The Swedish version will be aimed further upmarket, though, with classy good looks designed to incorporate the best elements of modern Volvos – such as the S60 – along with the classic style of the Seventies P1800ES.
While the V30 will look stylish enough to appeal to small coupé buyers, it will have all the practicality of a hatchback – and it will be one of the safest cars on the road when it is launched late in 2003. Volvo hopes to tempt back some of the customers that it lost when the 300 series hatchback was killed off and replaced with the larger and more expensive 400 and V40 ranges.
Although the primary theme of the SCC is safety – the letters stand for Safety Car Concept – many of the model's innovative design and styling features will be carried over to the all-new baby Volvo. The most radical expected to get the nod for production are the transparent A-pillars. Designed to eliminate blind spots, they use a triangulated steel frame filled with ultra-strong plexiglass.
The manufacturer's engineers are already working on another concept, which is set to be even closer to the finished V30 than the SCC