2013 Frankfurt Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The Volvo Concept Coupe is a modern version of the iconic Volvo P1800 coupe of the 1960s and hints at how the 2015 Volvo XC90 will be redesigned, the automaker said.
- The coupe will debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.
- The concept is the first of a series of three concept cars by Volvo.
FRANKFURT, Germany — The Volvo Concept Coupe is a modern version of the iconic Volvo P1800 coupe of the 1960s and hints at how the 2015 Volvo XC90 will be redesigned, the automaker said. The coupe will debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.
The concept, a plug-in hybrid, is the first of a series of three concept cars by Volvo.
Design cues on the concept include a hand-crafted crystal shift lever, 21-inch wheels and an angular look.
"The Volvo Concept Coupe is no futuristic dream car," said Thomas Ingenlath, Volvo's new senior vice president of design, in a statement. "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."
Volvo also took a potshot at former owner Ford in its description of the Volvo Concept Coupe.
It said the concept is based on Volvo's Scalable Product Architecture or SPA, which was "developed in-house for Volvo Cars only."
"The Scalable Product Architecture liberates Volvo's designers and engineers from the limitations of previous cross-brand platforms," the company said.
Volvo took pains to say that the concept is more than a retro exercise.
"Using elements from the P1800 exterior and interior has nothing to do with being retro," Volvo said. "We are using these subtle links to a glorious past to create a future where sheer beauty becomes a recognized part of Volvo's identity."
The concept features a 2.0-liter high-performance Drive-E gas engine with a supercharger and a turbocharger. The gas engine is teamed with an electric motor on the rear axle. Volvo pegs total output at around 400 horsepower.
The cabin gets a leather instrument panel, inlays from naturally aged wood and dark blue woven carpets.
Ingenlath said future Volvos will get the "distinctive" iron mark in the floating grille, flanked by T-shaped daytime running lights.
Edmunds says: The new Volvo concept should resonate with Baby Boomers who will undoubtedly remember the P1800. But will the car's retro roots appeal to Millennials?