Volvo has unveiled the new Concept Coupé ahead of its debut next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Volvo has unveiled the new Concept Coupé ahead of its debut next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Concept Coupé pays tribute to the Volvo P1800 from the 1960’s and is the first of a series of three concept cars that reveal the design possibilities created by Volvo’s new Scalable Product Architecture.
The first design by the new Senior Vice President of Design, Thomas Ingenlath, showcases how design builds emotion into the Volvo brand and points toward the next generation of Volvo models, starting with the forthcoming XC90 in 2014.
“The Volvo Concept Coupé is no futuristic dream car. It is designed to demonstrate the capability of our new architecture: the confident stance, the proportions and the most prominent design signatures. Even though the all-new XC90 is an entirely different type of car, you will recognize the connection instantly when it is revealed next year,” said Ingenlath.
The face of the Volvo Concept Coupé is characterized by a new topography on the hood and the ‘floating’ grille, flanked by headlights featuring new T-shaped daytime running lights guides. Just like the rear light signature, the daytime running lights are distinctive elements in the new design direction of Volvo Cars.
“The face is new, but it also carries more than 85 years of Volvo heritage with great pride. We are still working with the final interpretation of the grille and the iron mark and this will be revealed together with the XC90 next year,” said Ingenlath.
The Volvo Concept Coupé is powered by a new hybrid powertrain with a 2.0L Drive-E that is both surpercharged and turbocharged. The engine is teamed with an electric motor on the rear axle. This gives Volvo Concept Coupé a total output of around 400 hp and over 440 lb.-ft. of torque.