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Report: Volvo XC30 Crossover Due In 2012

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Report: Volvo XC30 Crossover Due In 2012

By Viknesh Vijayenthiran

Car Expert

March 17th, 2010

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. Its mechanicals will be based on the C30 hatchback but its styling will be derived from the bigger XC60 model. Expect a range of gasoline and turbodiesel engines as well as a Haldex-sourced all-wheel drive system. A five-door version of the C30, possibly labeled the V30, may also be launched though this model is yet to receive the green light.

The information comes from Volvo’s president for overseas corporate strategy, Lex Kerssemakers, who revealed to CarsGuide that there will be some further expansion of the XC range in the near future. Kerssemakers went on to explain that the XC cars "are the core” of Volvo’s business and that stepping down to the XC30 is a natural progression after the XC60, XC70 and XC90.



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