2014 Detroit Auto Show Preview: Volvo Concept XC Coupe previews next-gen XC90

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 8, 2014

The all-new Volvo Concept XC Coupe was finally revealed today ahead of the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. As expected, the new concept car previews the next-generation XC90 but also demonstrate vital elements of company’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA).

The new two-door, four-seater Volvo Concept XC Coupe has a strong connection with its sibling, the Concept Coupe which was unveiled back in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

If you want to get a glimpse of how the next generation of the Volvo XC90 may look and feel like, better take a good look at the new Volvo Concept XC Coupé. As what people might expect, the Volvo Concept XC Coupé is somewhat similar to another Volvo show car, the Volvo Concept Coupé.

Well, they might be similar, just how siblings should be. However, the Volvo Concept XC Coupé proves to be the more capable and more robust between the two.

This is all thanks to certain design differences like the Volvo Concept XC Coupé’s larger 21-inch wheels, the more accentuated wheel-arches and the taller roofline. Likewise, the Volvo Concept XC Coupé features a new bonnet as well as a beltline that runs like a bow along the length of the show car.

Additionally, there is a noticeable distance between the front axle and the dashboard. At first glance, the front of the Volvo Concept XC Coupé seems like that of the Volvo Concept Coupé. Common elements here include a new topography on the bonnet and the 'floating' grille.

Nonetheless, the face of the Volvo Concept XC Coupé is highlighted by headlights with new T-shaped DRL light guides. On the rear, the light signature represents an evolution in the design direction of the carmaker. On the other hand, the Volvo Concept XC Coupé features a connection with high-tech sports gear.

In that case, designers drew inspiration from different sources. One of them is Swedish company POC, known for developing high-tech protective gear for extreme sports athletes. Thomas Ingenlath remarked that a number of orange details and exterior graphics were used in combination with matte rubber moldings that cover the rear end of the car.

He noted that these details further enhanced the highly functional expression of the vehicle’s design. To make sure that there is a right balance between functionality and aesthetics, Volvo’s designers also infused traditional SUV elements into the Volvo Concept XC Coupé, like side moldings and skid plates.

Press Release

THE VOLVO CONCEPT XC COUPÉ: SOPHISTICATED CAPABILITY AND CONTEMPORARY SAFETY, INSPIRED BY MODERN SPORTS EQUIPMENT

The second of Volvo's three concept cars is the new Volvo Concept XC Coupé. Inspired by the design of modern sports equipment and demonstrating the safety capabilities of Volvo's new Scalable Product Architecture, it is a sophisticated and capable car for people with an active lifestyle.

"Those who love extreme sports freely seek new thrills and challenges. To ensure that they make it back in one piece, they prefer high-performance equipment that offers the ultimate sense of freedom and protection," says Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President Design of Volvo Car Group.

"The Volvo Concept XC Coupé is perfectly in tune with this active lifestyle. Its capability and protection is cleverly integrated into the sophisticated looks. Concept XC Coupé is ready and willing to bring you into the adventure zone and back," he adds.

Sleeker and safer at the same time

The three concept cars are designed to demonstrate vital elements of the company's new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA): the confident stance, the proportions and the most prominent design signatures.

"Concept XC Coupé also shows how clever engineering makes it possible for us to reinforce our world-leading safety without compromising design, size or weight. Thanks to the extensive use of high-strength boron steel and structures with new, ingenious decoupling, we can make SPA cars more compact and safer at the same time," says Thomas Ingenlath.

The two-door, four-seater Volvo Concept XC Coupé has a strong connection with its sibling, the Volvo Concept Coupé. However, the larger 21-inch wheels, the more accentuated wheel-arches and the taller roofline all contribute to a more robust impression and a fuller, capable look.

The extended distance between the dashboard and the front axle is still a very powerful visual element. The capable stance is emphasised by details such as the new bonnet and a beltline that spans an elegant bow along the length of the car.

High-tech sport gear

The connection with modern, high-tech sports gear is highly present in the concept car. Among the sources of inspiration for the design team is the Swedish company POC, which develops high-tech protective gear for extreme sports athletes.

"Several orange details and exterior graphics in combination with bold use of matte rubber mouldings, which cover the rear end of the car, add to the highly functional expression of the design," says Thomas Ingenlath.

To strike the right balance between aesthetics and functionality, the design team has also given traditional SUV elements, such as side mouldings and skid plates, a modern interpretation. They are more integrated into the sleek design, flush with the surrounding body areas.

T-shaped DRL lights

Just like the Volvo Concept Coupé, the face of the Volvo Concept XC Coupé is characterised by a new topography on the bonnet and the 'floating' grille, flanked by headlights featuring new T-shaped DRL light guides. The rear light signature is also a distinctive element in the new design direction of Volvo Cars.

"Both concept cars show how we can shape our cars from now on. We add emotional value to the Volvo brand with the calm, confident beauty that is the hallmark of Scandinavian design," says Thomas Ingenlath.

Building on a proud XC heritage

Volvo Cars paved the way for a completely new segment by introducing the V70 Cross Country in 1997. The range has been continuously developed and extended since then. Presently, it spans from the Volvo V40 Cross Country, via the XC60 and XC70, to the XC90.

"With the Volvo Concept XC Coupé, we take this unique blend of capable ruggedness and expressive elegance up to a new, sportier attitude," says Thomas Ingenlath.

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