Volvo’s New Concept XC Coupe is debuting in Detroit this week and we’ve got a first look. The Concept XC Coupe is the second in line of three concept cars with the Concept Coupe, released in August being the first one.
The two-door XC seats four and is inspired by modern high-tech sports equipment and is designed to be a safe, sophisticated car for active people. It has a strong connection with the Concept Coupe, except its got larger 21-inch wheels and a taller roofline, making it a little more robust and rugged in appearance.
Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President Design at Volvo Car Group, whose design direction was based on the core virtues of Scandinavian Design, says “Outdoor activities are an important part of the Swedish lifestyle. Your leisure time is dedicated to enjoying life…your Volvo must of course support this desire. We will continue to refine Volvo’s strong connection to outdoor activities with more emphasis on modern materials. It’s about making functionality an emotional experience. Just like high-tech sport gear, our cars will blend attractive design and sophistication with strength and intelligent capability.”
He explains that the most prominent new design signatures in Volvo’s future cars “will be characterized by a distinctive iron mark in the floating grille, flanked by the T-shaped DRL lights. The larger bonnet with its new topography, the beltline spanning an elegant bow along the whole car and the sharpened shoulder connecting with the new rear light are other important design signatures. They all contribute to the confident stance. The overall simplicity, both exterior and interior, has a strong connection to the Scandinavian lifestyle.”
Form meets function with traditional SUC elements like side moldings and skid plates, but they’ve been interpreted in a more modern. Moreover, the car, and future Volvo cars, will have similar new design signatures such as a new topography on the bonnet and the ‘floating’ grille, flanked by T-shaped DRL lights.
I’m a sucker for anything that has a hatchback and looks a little sporty… I’m kind of loving the design of the lights in the back. What do you think about the design?