Just in case anyone is considering ordering a new soft top rival from Saab, BMW or Audi, Volvo has released the official prices and specifications for its all new, four-seater C70, with retractable hard top, that transforms from a stylish coupe to a desirable convertible in under 30 seconds.

The all new Volvo C70 is due to arrive in UK showrooms in February 2006, with prices ranging from £26,200 for a 2.4i Sport, to £33,225 for the range-topping 220bhp T5 SE Lux, and first deliveries to customers expected in time for spring.

Volvo offers three trim levels for the new C70 – Sport, SE and SE Lux – all offering space for four adults, high luxury specifications, Volvo safety standards and performance audio systems, plus two unique features: a door-mounted inflatable curtain (IC) as part of Volvo’s SIPS (Side Impact Protection System) and its three-piece retractable hard top.

The Sport model includes anti-theft alarm with immobiliser, ROPS (Roll Over Protection System), electronic climate control, cruise control, DSTC, power windows, leather sports steering wheel & gear knob, steering wheel remote audio controls with aluminium inserts, leather/T-Tec sports upholstery, front fog lights, aluminium trim, performance Sound 6-speaker audio system with radio/CD, 4x20W amplifier and 17in polished alloy wheels.

The SE model adds power driver’s seat, leather upholstery, auto-dimming rear view mirror, rain sensor, leather sports steering wheel & gear knob with wood effect inserts, wood effect or aluminium trim, and a high Performance Sound 8-speaker audio system with 6xCD/radio, 4x40W amplifier.

The range-topping SE Lux further adds power folding door mirrors with ground lights, Dynaudio Premium Sound 12-speaker audio system with Dolby Pro Logic II Surround Sound, 6xCD/radio, 4x130W + 1x130W amplifier, 2x130W subwoofer, power passenger seat, lockable storage areas, ski bag and cargo net and 18in alloy wheels.

Dynamic handling and performance are provided by two powerful, yet refined, five cylinder petrol engines – a 170bhp 2.4i with 230 Nm of torque, and a 220bhp T5 with 320 Nm of torque. In addition, a 180bhp D5 turbodiesel is due to follow mid-2006.

With a sales forecast of only 3,000 cars in the UK next year, the all new Volvo C70 will retain a certain exclusivity, especially in comparison to the much larger volumes sold by some of the other premium brand rivals. With the added security and visibility offered by a hard top, the new Volvo C70 is expected to appeal to both corporate and private customers.

The first public opportunity to see the all new Volvo C70 in the UK will be at the MPH Show which takes place at the NEC in Birmingham from 11-13 November and at Earls Court in London from 17-20 November.