2013 Volvo Concept Coupe

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Shocking news this morning from Volvo ! The 2013 Concept Coupe has looks to make a Camaro and M6 weep with envy, 400 horsepower via a plug-in, all-wheel-drive chassis, and gorgeous LEDs inside and out.

The Volvo cargo trucks will be loaded to the brim on the way to Frankfurt , as this is also the debut of the not-yet-seen XC90 replacement.

If the Concept Coupe’s intricate and taut surfacing, stunning proportions and cool new Maserati-style inverted grille make it to the XC90 : Volvo’s American showrooms have quite the sharp new seven-passenger crossover on its way.

The VCC’s styling is really fantastic. It is great news for all fans of Swedish cars, with beauty as deep and marvelous as the Roman statues of the press photos. It shows a number of important steps in one single image, and gives Volvo ’s semi-independent new company identity a goal at which to strive in the mainstream S60 segment, where the current model is lost in obscurity.

A feast of details about the VCC’s styling floods over you like the wave of relief, with a roof pillar layout that is almost as racy as the Nissan 350Z . A new portrait-style navigation system shows Volvo admires the Tesla Model S . Overflowing with good looks outside, the VCC is also quite potent underneath.

An all-new 2.0-liter engine up front is paired with a plug-in battery pack and a rear axle electric motor. Supercharged as well as turbocharged, the combined power outputs are 400 horsepower and 440 pound feet of torque.

Come see the future of Volvo after the jump, with a giant image gallery of the 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe in all its glory.

Exterior

Volvo Concept Coupe

The styling is completely fresh and pure, even versus the relatively new V40 compact wagon that is not imported to America. Comparisons with other tough and macho coupes are almost inevitable, because it looks so much better than the opposition.

The biggest thing really setting this Volvo Concept Coupe apart from the next-gen Maserati GranTurismo coupe’s potential awesomeness is a uniquely tall grille and hood intersection, versus the slinkier noses preferred by the trident brand.

Even this aspect creates some unique tension in the hood line, and especially the bluff and chiseled vertical-grille face.

New bumper detailing is quite smooth, geometric and tasteful, which is refreshing after years of odd melted shapes in the plastic bumper corners. The final treat are slim and raked-back rectangular headlights with incredible LED and crystal lighting technology.

Even more important to luxury shoppers, the new LED lights look hot and instantly make the VCC seem worth more like $85,000 versus the previous $45,000 max for the unloved Volvo C70 cabrio .

Just looking at the 2013 C70 gives us the creeps, with its giant melted lights and 1990s shoulder line.

Dramatic improvement in the VCC to be sure. Similarly unique and taut body lines draw the eye rearward to what is a pretty vertical windshield element and extremely raked rear fenders. Not even the old Volvo Coupe by Bertone gets close to this level of elegance, presumably due to obsession with Elk testing.

Out back, the lovely roofline plunges down just aft of the front seats, with still a blocky and tastefully-revamped trunk signature outline. The huge inverted LED lights are a final treat before this sports coupe hums off down the road.

Interior

Volvo Concept Coupe

Stunning technology is shown with crystal accents on the shifter, chunky knobs and alloy brightwork all around. Even better news is the large, portrait-oriented navigation and infotainment unit, long a sore spot since Ford’s parts supply agreement originally froze Volvo’s infotainment technology in 2007 for a few years.

Overall, this concept looks amazing. A few of these interior photos seem like they are from a possible future convertible variant, but actually they are just the styling and tech usability bucks without any windshield or even wheels.

Drivetrain, Engine and Brakes

Volvo Concept Coupe

A plug-in power unit packs rear-mounted Li-ion batteries and a dedicated rear axle electric drive. The front wheels are motivated by a 2.0-liter turbo and supercharged — yes, both! — four-cylinder, part of the same (heavily) modified next-gen Evoque engine that traces its roots to Ford.

The twincharger is new from Volvo, and sounds exciting even after VW’s experiment with a smaller 1.4-liter setup proved unprofitable versus simply a larger turbo. The 400 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of combined power output are amazing, and should give this VCC a projected 60 mph sprint time of around 5 seconds before ultimately hitting a projected 171 mph top speed.

The Sweden to Frankfurt exec coupe route just got a lot quicker.

2013 Volvo Concept Coupe - Mechanical Details:

Engine 2.0-liter Supercharged and Turbocharged I-4 with DI, DOHC And Plug-in Drive-E Hybrid Rear Axle
Transmission 8-Speed Automatic, est
Powertrain Layout Front-engine, All-wheel-drive
Power (Plug-in Hybrid and Gasoline Combined Output) 400
Torque (Plug-in Hybrid and Gasoline Combined Output) 440
0-60 mph 5.0, est
Top Speed 171, est
EPA Fuel Economy MPG (City/Highway/Combined) 55/55/55, est
EPA Fuel Economy Plug-in MPGe (City/Highway/Combined) 88/98/95, est

Conclusion

Volvo Concept Coupe

What’s good for Volvo is good for Sweden, and actually, all car lovers. The VCC bodes well for a very hot restyle and update of the Clarkson-approved XC90 .

LOVE IT
  • Gorgeous
  • Shows great future vision and tasteful new face
  • Finally looks like Volvo is out of its decision paralysis death spiral
LEAVE IT
  • Just a concept for now, but next S60 will aim for this level of beauty

Press Release

Aug 28, 2013 - The Volvo Concept Coupé – the next-generation P1800: Elegant confidence enabled by the new scalable architecture

Volvo Concept Coupe

Inspired by contemporary, progressive Scandinavian lifestyle and design as well as iconic elements from the past, the elegant new Volvo Concept Coupé is the first of a series of three concept cars that reveal the design possibilities created by the company’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA).

Volvo Concept Coupe

After a more than a year of rising expectations, the first design by the new Senior Vice President of Design, Thomas Ingenlath, showcases how design builds emotion into the Volvo brand and points toward the next generation of Volvo models, starting with the forthcoming XC90 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. 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,” said Ingenlath.

Volvo Concept Coupe

Developed in-house for Volvo Cars only, the Scalable Product Architecture liberates Volvo’s designers and engineers from the limitations of previous cross-brand platforms.

Powerful visual impact

Volvo Concept Coupe

The visual impact of the new proportions is most powerful when viewing the Volvo Concept Coupé from the side. The distance between the dashboard and the front axle is extended and the greenhouse has been moved slightly rearwards.

A low hood, roof, and the five-spoke, 21-inch wheels also contribute to the impression of an elegant Gran Tourer oozing effortless power. The confident stance is emphasized by a beltline that spans an elegant bow along the whole car.

New T-shaped Daytime Running Lights

Volvo Concept Coupe

The face of the Volvo Concept Coupé is characterized by a new topography on the hood and the ‘floating’ grille, flanked by headlights featuring new T-shaped daytime running lights guides. Just like the rear light signature, the daytime running lights are distinctive elements in the new design direction of Volvo Cars.

Sparkling crystal gear-leaver

Volvo Concept Coupe

The blue-grey exterior is echoed on the inside of the Volvo Concept Coupé. Refined, handcrafted elements such as the leather instrument panel, inlays made of naturally aged wood and the dark blue woven carpets are blended with beautifully machined metal details.

Large portrait touch-screen

Volvo Concept Coupe

The concept car also includes a totally new approach to Volvo Cars’ human-centric user experience. A large portrait touch-screen in the center console interacts with an adaptive digital display and head-up display in front of the driver.

The Scalable Product Architecture is also being prepared for completely autonomous driving. The first features with autonomous steering to avoid accidents and make driving more comfortable will be introduced in 2014 – and Volvo Cars’ aim is to have cars with fully autonomous technology out on the roads before 2020.

Gasoline plug-in hybrid – powerful and efficient

Volvo Concept Coupe

The gasoline plug-in hybrid driveline in the Volvo Concept Coupé reflects Volvo Cars’ strategy to use electrification to create the most powerful versions in the new four-cylinder Drive-E engine family. This will take power figures up into V8 territory.

The concept car features a two-liter high-performance Drive-E gasoline engine with a supercharger and turbo. The petrol engine is teamed with an electric motor on the rear axle. This gives Volvo Concept Coupé a total output of around 400 hp and over 440 lb.-ft. of torque.


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