Volvo came at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2013 (65th Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung) with a sensual concept called Volvo Concept Coupe, anticipating the future XC90. Although it foreshadows an SUV and it is a coupe-fledged, the exhibit managed to be the star of the Volvo stand through its elegance and attractive lines. Swedes posed it as the moral successor of Volvo P1800, although it is not a concept that shows a future production model, although we note a number of common design touches between the two models.
Volvo becomes an attractive brand also from the point of view of top technology and the cutting edge design. The new Volvo Concept Coupe, which was presented in Frankfurt, comes with the most interesting design lines – representing be the backbone of the next generation XC90 crossover, which will be officially presented next year – and the new generation of Scandinavian models.
Volvo Concept Coupe is the next-generation P1800
The new Volvo Concept Coupe reinterprets Swedish design, emphasizing simple lines and efficient shapes to reveal a sporty allure car. The interesting roof line, the long bonnet that keeps the proportions of an authentic sports model, the 21-inch wheels highlighting the dynamic aspect of the concept, while front and rear lights that change the current direction of Volvo design complements the “landscape”. The good news is that all these elements will be found in a lower or greater percentage on future models of the brand, so we face a time muse for the northern car manufacturer.
Carefully designed under the leadership of Thomas Ingenlath, Volvo Concept Coupe is shown in the official press release as the “next-generation P1800”, Swedes thus making reference to one of the most iconic cars they have ever created. Volvo P1800 was produced in the ’60s and ’70s and became a symbol of the times after she appeared in a famous TV Series called The Saint (1962–1969) alongside Simon Templar, character embodied by Roger Moore.
Another important element is the fact that the new Volvo Concept Coupe is built on the new SPA platform (Scalable Product Architecture) built by Volvo, following to be the basis for most of the next generation Swedish models.
The interior of Volvo Concept Coupe goes beyond the current design line of the Swedes, witnessing the evolution of some of the most basic elements from the current generation cabin. The famous “floating” console, a hallmark of the brand, is turned into a touch screen that complements the displays that replace the traditional dashboard clocks (existing element in the Volvo range) and the new head-up color display which will probably make its appearance soon on the series version.
Things went so far that Volvo even redesigned the spine of the seat belt, a basis detail for the Swedish brand. Moreover, Volvo celebrates Nils Bohlin’s invention, the engineer who designed the three-point seat belts with a suggestive message engraved on the metal: “Since 1959”.
Under the bonnet of the Volvo Concept Coupe is a hybrid powertrain that combines a 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged petrol engine, part of the new generation Volvo engines, coupled with an electric motor (whose batteries can be loaded from a home outlet). The total developed performance power being 400 horsepower and 600 Nm of torque (442 lb/ft).
THE VOLVO CONCEPT COUPÉ – THE NEXT GENERATION P1800: ELEGANT CONFIDENCE ENABLED BY THE NEW SCALABLE ARCHITECTURE
Inspired by contemporary, progressive Scandinavian lifestyle and design, as well as iconic elements from the past, the elegant new Volvo Concept Coupé is the first of a series of three concept cars that reveal the design possibilities created by the company’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA).
After more than a year of rising expectations, the first design by the new Senior Vice President of Design, Thomas Ingenlath, showcases how design builds emotion into the Volvo brand and points towards the next generation of Volvo models, starting with the forthcoming XC90 in 2014.
“The Volvo Concept Coupé is no futuristic dream car. 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 recognise the connection instantly when it is revealed next year,” says Thomas Ingenlath.
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 new Volvo Concept Coupé reveals how we could shape our cars from now on. Free from the superficial surface excitement of other car brands, we add emotional value to the Volvo brand with the calm, confident beauty that is the hallmark of Scandinavian design,” says Thomas Ingenlath.
“Think about the powerful calmness of a lion. He doesn’t have to prowl to radiate respect. Even lying down he shows very clearly what he is capable of,” smiles Thomas Ingenlath.
The Concept Coupé also features elements that echo the design of the Volvo P1800 from the 1960s. “It is a car designer’s duty to reflect and incorporate design signatures that are vital parts of the company’s heritage. The P1800 is an iconic Volvo, renowned for its beautiful forms and detailing. However, using elements from the P1800 exterior and interior has nothing to do with being retro. We are using these subtle links to a glorious past to create a future where sheer beauty becomes a recognised part of Volvo’s identity. That journey starts with Concept Coupé,” says Thomas Ingenlath.
Focus on safety has moved from offering protection in worst-case scenarios to creating features that support the driver and enhance the user experience.
Modern environmental care is able to combine low emissions and reduced fuel consumption with an enhanced driving experience – for instance through ingenious plug-in hybrid technology. The classic functionality has moved beyond being practical. Volvo Cars’ approach is to create human-centric features that actually make today’s hectic life easier for the user.
Volvo Concept Coupe Video
Volvo Concept Coupe photo gallery – Frankfurt Motor Show 2013 Live
Volvo Concept Coupe at IAA 2013