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Volvo Concept Estate concept interior is pretty enough to lick

Geneva Motor Show debut for a stylish three-door Volvo Sports estate concept.

Volvo has announced it will reveal a sports estate concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The three-door Concept Estate is unlikely to make production, but the styling and technology found within could end up in future models.

The Volvo Concept Estate follows in the footsteps of the stunning Concept Coupe unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Both cars share a few styling cues including the thin brake lights that work their way up the back of the car, sizable alloy wheels and a sporty front bumper.

Admittedly, having three-doors instead of five is a bit of an issue for the family man. But we’re guessing Volvo is hoping to attract a younger, ‘cooler’ audience that wants to sling a couple of mountain bikes and a picnic in the back at weekends.

The interior is where the Volvo Concept Estate really shines. Most controls for the car are operated from a big touchscreen display in the centre of the dashboard like in the all-electric Tesla Model S. A digital instrument cluster replaces your typical dials. Chief Volvo designer Thomas Ingenlath described the cockpit layout as “perfectly intuitive and user-friendly”.

The touchscreen, which has been designed to let the driver concentrate on driving, runs Volvo-developed software. On the screen are four display tiles; one for navigation, media, telephone and climate control. Tablet gestures such as pinch to zoom can be used.

Volvo has opted to use aged wood and copper detailing for the dashboard inlays, Swedish local saddle leather for the dashboard and wool carpets in the footwell as part of its demonstration of all-things Swedish.

“Creativity is thriving in Swedish society. This includes design and technology as well as the fashion, music and art scene. We have used all this as inspiration to create a new, exciting way to express Sweden’s soul,” Ingenlath added.

The two rear seats can be folded down to provide the front passengers with plenty of boot space, while a panoramic sun helps everyone top up on their tan without being blown to bits.

Exactly what engine powers the Volvo Concept Estate, which will be built on the new Scalable Product Platform, is unspecified. The Concept Coupe was equipped with a hybrid powertrain capable of producing 400hp and 600Nm (442lb/ft) of torque so that may well be used.

We think the Volvo Concept Estate is a winner – what do you reckon, readers?

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