Two years ago, we began hearing rumors about Volvo creating a soft-roader with the inner workings of the Volvo C30 and the styling of the Volvo XC60. After being in the pipeline for so long, those rumors were finally confirmed at the Geneva Motor Show by Volvo’s President for Overseas Corporate Strategy, Lex Kerssemakers. He says, "There will be some further expansion of the XC range in the near future."

Generally speaking, society is becoming more environmentally and economically conscious. The trends that we have seen with cars such as the BMW X1 and the Audi Q3 are that of a market wanting more for less. The photo shown here is a rendering of what the Volvo XC 30 might eventually look like. Starting off as a 3-door and possibly moving to a 5-door, this compact crossover shows us that the days of those big, heavy SUVs - along with their ridiculous gas mileage - just might be a thing of the past.

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The Volvo XC30 will more than likely be available in a range of gas and turbo diesel engines and a Haldex-sourced all-wheel drive system. This will be the carmaker’s 4th crossover in the lineup and will be positioned just under the XC60 and theXC70.

"Naturally you would go down at this moment because we’re rather well filled with XC60, XC70 and XC90," Kerssemakers says.

Not only is Volvo “rather well filled” in the SUV department, but the market is also filled with competition for the XC30. The BMW X1, the Audi Q3, and the recently divulged, Mini Countryman are just a few of the upcoming crossover’s competitors. The XC30 seems like a logical response to the market’s demands, but Volvo needs to make sure that after two years of talk, the Volvo XC30 will be worth the wait. We should be able to make that decision sometime in 2012 when the Volvo XC30 is said to hit the market.

In the meantime, Kerssmakers says that V and XC cars "are the core of our business" and apart from working on the compact crossover SUV, Volvo is also working on a 5 door C30 and possibly a station wagon version of the S60 expected to be named the V60. We’ll keep you posted.

Source: CarsGuide

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  (558) posted on 01.2.2012

It is really a great news that the rumors of creating a soft-roader that have the inner workings of Volvo C30 and have the style of Volvo XC60 now have a confirmation. It will be a great sale in the market for sure.

  (427) posted on 01.2.2012

Is this a hybrid vehicle? Well, the looks of this XC30 tell it so. Anyway, I have to agree that it really looks cute on that platform and design.

  (498) posted on 12.7.2011

I’m impressed in the cuteness of this car, it is really stunning and awesome! I’m so excited either for the market production of this, I just hope that it would be not too pricey.

  (382) posted on 10.6.2011

I’m impressed with the cute appearance of this one. I just hope that they would really put this one on production coz I bet everyone are so excited on this.

  (328) posted on 08.22.2011

The platform of this XC30 is really awesome, its one of my favorite car here in volvo, I’m so excited on the market production of this on 2012.

  (488) posted on 08.19.2011

I’m impressed either in the cuteness of this car, it is really stunning and awesome! I’m so excited either for the market production of this, I just hope that it would be not too pricey.

  (441) posted on 08.15.2011

I’m so excited in the market production of this XC30. This car is very awesome and cute! I just hope that they also had a picture of its interior design.

  (477) posted on 08.12.2011

Volvo XC30 is really cute, no doubt for that! and I must say that I either would really love to have a like this.

  (460) posted on 03.29.2010

Based on the view of autoblog readers, this premium compact crossover should cost MORE than the the XC60. Because not all small vehicles are econocars, according to readers.

  (534) posted on 03.23.2010

Naturally you would go down at this moment because we’re rather well filled with XC60, XC70 and XC90

  (554) posted on 03.23.2010

Volvo XC30 is one hot car. The huge interior and the thought that it is economically friendly makes it worth buying for.

  (612) posted on 03.23.2010

It does look aggressive and sporty. Well, I’m pretty sure that a tuner or two will attempt to make some kits and other performance parts for this car to make it even more stylish and make it perform better. But for a guy who’s not into tuning customization, I’d say that this will be making a good appeal to the young market.

  (937) posted on 03.22.2010

Looks more aggressive and sporty plus a whole new headlamp was very teasing.

  (612) posted on 03.22.2010

That is socially class. There are now lots of choices. Now we’ll just wait for the result on whose on the lead.

  (417) posted on 03.22.2010

I don’t know as I have always seen Volvo as one of those cars that are great for family cars. The line of cars that I kinda like to associate them as the best producers are those wagon cars. I know they still have a pretty neat lines right now but I haven’t heard any fuzz from the automakers lately. I wonder how though. Anyways, I still don’t know if people will be into this car considering all other good options and that Volvo is not that popular specially to the young generations lately.

  (1332) posted on 03.21.2010

Oh goodie goodie gum drops. I was just thinking to myself that we do not have enough crossover options.

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