2010 Volvo C70 at Frankfurt Motor Show

  • Competes with: Lexus IS, Infiniti G37
  • Looks like: Volvo will be putting its new SUV design on its cars
  • Drivetrain: Turbocharged five-cylinder with 227 hp, 20/29 mpg city/highway
  • Hits dealerships: Late 2009

Volvo will debut a restyled C70 hardtop convertible at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this month, and it’s one of the more radical mid-cycle redesigns we’ve seen. The convertible incorporates the front-end design of the recently released XC60 SUV, and it does so surprisingly well. Cars that take on SUV attributes often don’t look as composed as the C70.

Around the back less is altered, but new LED taillights give the car a needed update and will likely wow potential buyers who are enamored with such things.

Inside, the materials have been updated, but there isn’t that much of a difference between the last generation’s overall design and this one. Doors, dash and the controls in the center stack all seem to be the same. However, new gauges and a new center console look to be a good upgrade.

With recent sportier competition from Infiniti and Lexus, Volvo was in dire need of this update. While the C70 likely won’t win in the performance category, it now has enough style to stay in the race. More photos below.

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