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Volvo Concept Coupe Hints at 2015 XC90

2013 Frankfurt Auto Show


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2013 Frankfurt Auto Show

Just 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?

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Comments

  • audilaw16 audilaw16 Posts:

    Good lord, every thing this Anita Lienert writes is awful. As soon as I see a comparison of a few cars in an article I know it's her because she has no idea what she's talking about. THIS Volvo is hints at the XC90 SUV? Or she'll make comparisons along the lines of "The BMW 328 faces its main competitors, the Audi A6, Lexus GS, Buick Verano, and Lincoln MKZ." PLEASE NO MORE ANITA!a

  • This a beautiful car. It truly pays homage to the old Volvo P1800 coupe. It will be interesting to see if Volvo is bold enough to follow through with a subsequent production model. With the right performance, handling, luxury and value, this car might be a legitimate threat to luxury coupes such as the A5, G37, 3-Series and CTS. A luxury sports coupe might also add some excitement to a brand known most for solid, competent sedans and crossovers.

  • My mistake - I meant 4-Series (BMW 4-Series) :-)

  • themandarin themandarin Posts:

    The BMW 4-Series will crush this POS (if Volvo survives)

  • silverspear silverspear Posts:

    I love my 2008 Volvo c30 and I'm hanging on to it until Volvo comes out with something a bit more slick / modern. If this car came to market, I would snap it up.

  • travai travai Posts:

    I'm liking the design language. It's got a lot of nice subtle shapes worked into it; like the straight edge on the C-pillar, and the interesting compound curves on the rear fender/deck lid. Can't wait to see it on their future sedans.

  • travai travai Posts:

    @ audilaw16: You do realize that the text of this article was "quoted" directly from an official press release; and that Volvo was making the comparison to the XC90, not Anita. People these days are nearly illiterate, I swear.

  • quinnsc quinnsc Posts:

    Yes... I can say it would. Maybe the nostalgia effect may be lost on the younger demographic, but that doesn't make this beautiful car subtle... the gorgeous design, lines and attention to detail will totally appeal... I'm in my early 30's, and am looking forward to this car becoming available. I've loved the P1800 for years, and am stoked to think about potentially being able to own a gorgeous, new P1800-reminicient Volvo.

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