So much for its reputation for being safe. Swedish carmaker Volvo has just revealed its latest creation, the Concept Coupe, which is touted to be the "next-generation P1800." While it's easy to assume that this car will be formally presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month, Volvo indicates that it could be unveiled in its polished form sometime next year.
The Concept Coupe, said to be the first of three new concept cars from Volvo, is the product of the company's newly established Scalable Product Architecture. It is also the first Volvo creation by the carmaker's new design chief, Thomas Ingenlath. The concept car apparently points toward a new design direction for Volvo, which will start with the upcoming XC90 in 2014.
"The Volvo Concept Coupe is no futuristic dream car," says Ingenlath. "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."
The new Volvo concept car is characterized by the extended distance between the dashboard and the front axle, a greenhouse that has been moved slightly rearward, a low hood and roof, and the five-spoke, 21-inch wheels that "contribute to the impression of an elegant Grand Tourer."
"The face is new, but it also carries more than 85 years of Volvo heritage with great pride," Ingenlath explains. "We are still working with the final interpretation of the grille and the iron mark, and this will be revealed together with the XC90 next year."
In case you're wondering, this car is being imagined by Volvo as a plug-in hybrid.
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