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2014 Detroit Auto Show: Volvo Concept XC Coupe (FAQ)

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What Is It?
Volvo Concept XC Coupe

What's New About This Model?
The Volvo Concept XC Coupe is a two-door, four-passenger sport-utility vehicle concept that shows the flexibility of Volvo's next-generation vehicle platform.

When Does It Go on Sale?
The second of three concepts based on Volvo's new shared vehicle architecture, the Concept XC Coupe's chances for series production have not been announced. More significant is that the concept is another hint at the next-generation 2015 XC90, which will be the first production vehicle built on the all-new platform. Add a pair of doors and another row of seating and you have a pretty good idea about the all-new XC90.

Why Is It Significant?
Volvo's new vehicle platform shares nothing with other automakers' product, unlike in years past when Volvo was beholden to parent company Ford for many of its vehicle parts. As a result of its newfound independence, Volvo was free to develop the platform however it wanted. And what it wanted was to employ a whole lot of high-strength boron steel in order to maximize collision protection while minimizing weight.

What Else Is New About It?
Beyond its fundamental architecture, the Concept XC Coupe reaffirms the company's new styling direction. Its upright, floating grille, taillight signature and long dash-to-axle proportion closely follow the design language introduced by the Concept Coupe. It's a bolder, more dignified presence for the brand. Make no mistake: This is the new face of Volvo.

Anything Unusual About It?
Well, the Volvo Concept XC Coupe is a concept, so it has some offbeat design touches. For example, the lower rocker covers and rear bumper are matte-finish rubber. Rubber! Also, there are orange accents here and there. It's all inspired by sporting equipment.

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