Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Volvo Concept XC Coupe Previews New XC90
Volvo is showing off its future with the Concept XC Coupe which is set to debut at the North American International Auto Show. Even before the show doors open however, Volvo has released a flood of information about its exciting new concept crossover.
The Volvo Concept XC Coupe is the second of three new concept cars (the first being the Concept Coupe) based off Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture. The Concept XC Coupe has strong visual connections to the Concept Coupe including its two-door configuration. The XC Coupe though has larger 21-inch wheels, accentuated wheel arches, and a taller roofline.
The extended distance between the dashboard and the front axle is still a very powerful visual element. The capable stance is emphasized by details such as the new bonnet and a beltline that spans an elegant bow along the length of the car.
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. This is seen through the orange details and bold matte rubber moldings and exterior graphics.
And just like the Volvo Concept Coupé, the face of the Volvo Concept XC Coupé is characterized by a new shapely hood 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.