Although the Frankfurt auto show is still a couple weeks away, Volvo has released photos of its revised C70 retractable hardtop. Volvo has redesigned the front and rear of the car, basically to keep the C70’s design language current with present and upcoming Volvo models. Although the C70 does borrow design cues from the S60 concept (Volvo’s mid-level car), the C70 actually rides on the entry-level S40’s platform.
Aside from the exterior update, Volvo has also redesigned the instrument panel. Gauges and graphics are unique to the C70, and Volvo has also improved the leather and trim throughout the interior to provide a more upscale feel. Mechanically, the C70 is carryover, meaning the car continues with a 2.5 inline-five rated at 227hp, with a choice of a six-speed manual (hurray!) or 5-speed automatic.
The current C70 is entering its fourth model year, so it was due for a facelift regardless. While the retractable hardtop BMW 3-Series has been its most direct competition, new entries like the Infiniti G37, Audi A5 and Lexus IS convertibles have upped the ante considerably. Critics may bemoan the fact that Volvo left the drivetrain alone, but let’s face it-most of the time, looks alone sell cars in this class. In facing middle-age, Volvo has successfully updated the C70 to look as contemporary as its rivals. The only person who will be bummed out at the carryover drivetrain will be the valet guy bringing you the car after dinner at your favorite restaurant.