2013 Frankfurt: Volvo Concept Coupe is a modern P1800 [Live Photos]

Article by Christian A., on September 12, 2013

The new Volvo Concept Coupe was displayed at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). This coupe takes inspiration from the iconic P1800. It previews the next-generation Volvo models, beginning with the upcoming XC90 in 2014. At first glance, the Concept Coupe stands out due to its low bonne, roof and its set of five-spoke 21-inch wheels.

The car’s front end uses a new topography on the bonnet and a floating grille, and on its borders are the headlights that have new T-shaped DRL light guides. The rear end uses the same DRL lights that will be unique elements in Volvo’s new design direction. The Coupe Concept has features that are reminiscent of the P1800 design from the 1960s.

One of its highlights is a sparkling crystal gear-lever and the large portrait touchscreen. It is powered by a 2.0-liter high-performance Drive-E petrol engine with a supercharger and turbo, coupled with an electric motor on the rear axle. This means that the hybrid system has a total output of about 400 hp and more than 600 Nm of torque.

Thomas Ingenlath said that the Volvo Concept Coupé is not a futuristic dream car and that it is meant to show off its new architecture’s capability. In particular, he cited the car’s “confident stance, the proportions and the most prominent design signatures.”

He pointed out that the all-new XC90 is a totally different type of car but that it can be instantly recognizable when it’s unveiled in 2014. Ingenlath adds that with this coupe, the Volvo brand increases its emotional value, which he refers to as the “hallmark of Scandinavian design.”

When viewed from the side, the new Volvo Coupé Concept looks more dynamic thanks to its new proportions. The side profile of the Volvo Coupé Concept reveals a larger gap between the dashboard and the front axle as well as a greenhouse moved slightly rearwards.

The new Volvo Coupé Concept appears powerful thanks to a number of elements like its low bonnet and roof as well as its five-spoke, 21-inch wheels. The concept also boasts of a confident stance as highlighter by a beltline running like an elegant bow along the vehicle.

Thomas Ingenlath compared the Volvo Coupé Concept to a lion and its powerful calmness. He noted that a lion radiates respect and could clearly convey its capabilities even when lying down.

Up front, the new Volvo Coupé Concept is marked by a new topography on the front hood as well as by its 'floating' grille that is flanked by headlights. These lamps come with new T-shaped daytime running lights that serve as one of the distinctive elements in Volvo’s new design direction.

Ingenlath remarked that while the face of the Volvo Coupé Concept is new, it brings along with it over 85 years of Volvo heritage. He quipped that the carmaker is still working on the final design of the grille and the iron mark, which would be revealed with the XC90 next year.

Topics: volvo, concept, coupe, iaa

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