Words : Rohan Patil
Volvo has finally revealed the Volvo Concept Coupe which has been dubbed the “next generation P1800,”. This Concept Coupe from the Swedish automaker surely commands a second look.
Inspired by what Volvo officials describe as a “contemporary, progressive Scandinavian lifestyle elements,” the Concept Coupé is the first of three concepts that will usher in the company’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), according to the company’s official press release. Company officials say it highlights the future design direction of the next generation of Volvo models, beginning with the XC90, which debuts 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,” said Volvo’s new Senior Vice President of Design, Thomas Ingenlath. “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.”
On the exterior side, the design elements of the concept include a new face and body that depicts many of the core classic design elements of Volvo in a much more contemporary package which are further enhanced by details like the new T-shaped daytime running lamp light guides.
Interior include a new handcrafted leather instrument panel, inlays made of naturally aged wood and machined metal details. The concept also features a new large touch-screen in the center console with an adaptive digital display and head-up display in front of the driver.
Even the powertain of this coupe indicates how Volvo, which is now owned by the Chinese Geely is aggressively working to revive the brand. It is powered by a 2.0 liter Drive-E gasoline engine with a supercharger and turbo teamed with an electric motor that gives he car a total output of around 400 hp and over 600 Nm of torque.