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Rendered: 2012 Volvo V30

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2012 Volvo V30 rendering

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With cars like the BMW X1 and a planned Mercedes-Benz BLK compact crossover based on the next-generation B-Class, European luxury marques are starting to venture into territory normally dominated by South Korean and Japanese automakers. It would seem then that there is no barrier to the types of segments automakers, be they luxury or mainstream, can compete in these days, which is why we’re going to see more competition between brands that only a few years ago wouldn’t have even been mentioned in the same breath.

Take Volvo, for example. The Swedish automaker is set to launch a new compact crossover in 2012 that will compete with the likes of the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz BLK, as well as the more familiar Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. The new model will be called the XC30 and will be the fourth crossover in Volvo’s lineup after the XC90, XC70 and XC60.

However, just as there is both an XC70 crossover and a V70 wagon, Volvo’s baby C30 will likely spawn both the XC30 model and a five-door wagon version dubbed the V30. This computer-generated rendering provides a glimpse as to what the new wagon could look like.

Its mechanicals will be based on the C30 hatchback but its styling will be derived from the bigger V70 model. Expect a range of gasoline and turbodiesel engines as well as a Haldex-sourced all-wheel drive system.

The new V30 wagon is expected to be launched in the first half of next year. The big question remains, however, why didn’t Volvo launch a five-door version of the C30 initially?

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  1. Viknesh - Volvo has decided there will be no V70 in 2011. Consequently Volvo is offering the new V60 (based on the upcoming S60) sometime in 2011 in lieu of it's discontinued model. The model in your article does not seem to be anything more than a concept as of now, unless it is to be replacing the V50 once there is a refresh of the S40 model. No one can tell with the Chinese taking over at the end of the year though.
     
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  2. Tony-
    There will be no V70 in the US - But there will remain a V70 in other markets, notably Europe and the UK.
    "The big question remains, however, why didn’t Volvo launch a five-door version of the C30 initially?"
    Oh, perhaps because the V50 wagon already exists on the same platform.
     
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  3. I don't suppose we in the States will see it....which will be too bad.
     
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