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.