“They’re boxy, but they’re good.” Up until a few years ago, that was the nicest thing you could say about a Volvo, but times have changed. The company has injected a serious dose of sex appeal into its latest motors, not least its V40, and things are set to get even sexier if this new Concept Coupe is anything to go by.
The Volvo Concept Coupe is exactly that — a concept — so put your money away. However this gorgeous piece of metal, set for unveiling at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, uses the Volvo’s Scalable Product Platform, which will form the basis of its future road cars.
“The Volvo Concept Coupe is no futuristic dream car,” Thomas Ingelath, senior vice president of design, commented. “It is designed to demonstrate the capability of our new architecture: the confident stance, the proportions and the most prominent design signatures.
“The new Volvo Concept Coupe 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.”
The car draws inspiration from Volvo’s iconic P1800. Design highlights include a low bonnet, roof and five-spoke 21-inch wheels, as well as new T-shaped daytime-running lights.
Under that sumptuous Scandinavian hood lies a hybrid powertrain that consists of a supercharged and turbocharged petrol engine pushing the front wheels and an electric motor driving the rear axle. Total power is rated at 400hp with torque an impressive 600Nm, so expect performance in abundance.
The Volvo Concept Coupe is the first in a series of three concept cars that will show the design possibilities created as a result of using the company’s new Scalable Product Architecture. The Volvo XC90, due for release in 2014, will be the first road car to use that platform.
Have a gander at the pictures below and tell us what you think.
Volvo Concept Coupe pictures