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2014 Volvo Concept XC Coupe

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Earlier this year, Volvo unveiled the Concept Coupe — the first of three concepts — based on the company’s new Scalable Product Architecture. The coupe was a design study commissioned to give us a glimpse of the future Volvo design direction.

Now under the watchful eye of Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President of Design, the Swedish car maker has unveiled the second concept dubbed the Concept XC Coupe.

Per Volvo’s naming convention, ’XC’ is the prefix used for all things SUV . So, the Concept XC is nothing but a showcase future Volvo SUV designs, and it will show its face at the upcoming 2014 Detroit Motor show . This being a concept, Volvo has not revealed any technical details as of yet.

Like all manufacturers, Volvo too is switching to modular construction in order to keep a tab on development costs. The company’s Scalable Product Architecture will underpin all future Volvo cars, including crossovers , full-size SUVs and sedans .

Update 1/8/2014: With only a few days before it does its full undressing in Detroit, the Volvo Concept XC Coupe has dropped cover and revealed a few details about itself. You can see more after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volvo Concept XC Coupe

Exterior

Volvo Concept XC Coupe

According to Volvo, the Concept XC is an example of traditional Scandinavian design and the integration of safety technologies. This lifestyle coupe concept has a familiar front end borrowed from its sibling, the Concept Coupe, which was shown at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor show . The wide, almost rectangular grille with the famous Volvo Diagonal logo element. The floating grille, as always is more pronounced.

What really separates the XC from the Concept Coupe are its massive, 21-inch wheels, stylized wheel arches and the raised roofline. The rest remains pretty similar to its lower sibling, like the cab-rearward setup that gives it a sense of sportiness, and the sleek beltline that runs the length of the vehicle.

The headlights are twin-horizontal clusters with a central indicator, and feature T-shapped daytime running lights. The wide wheel arches and the rear haunch can be clearly seen in the top view. The hood of the car has these small features that seem like some sort of breather element. The Concept XC Coupe is a three-door with large rear compartment and roof-box. We’re big fans of the Volvo taillights that wrap around the rear profile of the car.

Volvo Concept XC Coupe

The Concept XC takes its taillight design a step further by introducing a slim LED strip that follows the curvature of the wheel arch giving it a more wider stance when viewed from the back. The short rear windshield and those rectangular tailpipes give it a sportier look.

Though this SUV looks sporty, don’t mistake it for a highway queen, as it is ready to tackle rougher terrain, thanks to its side moldings and and skid plates. Sure, it’s not a Jeep Wrangler or Toyota FJ Cruiser, but it can head on a light off-road journey, if needed.

On top of all of this sexiness and utility, Volvo also put a lot of focus on safety. By using high-strength boron steel and structures that decouple, the Concept XC Coupe is significantly safer than anything Volvo makes today — Volvo is well known as having some of the safest cars on the road already — without making them any larger or heavier.

Tailpipes In Detail

Volvo Concept XC Coupe

Interior

Volvo Concept XC Coupe

There is still very little to tell about the cabin of the XC Coupe, but judging by the images of the extreme sport gear tucked away in the below images, this bad-boy will have a creative cargo storage system.

We can also make out that the cockpit will be both luxurious and sporty, but there are no specifics to pass on, except those awesome-looking seats.

Cargo Storage In Detail

Volvo Concept XC Coupe
Volvo Concept XC Coupe

Press Release 2

The Volvo Concept XC Coupé: Sophisticated capability and contemporary safety, inspired by modern sports equipment

Volvo Concept XC Coupe

ROCKLEIGH, N.J. (Jan. 8, 2014) -The second of Volvo’s three concept cars is the new Volvo Concept XC Coupé. Inspired by the design of modern sports equipment and demonstrating the safety capabilities of Volvo’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), it is a sophisticated and capable car for people with an active lifestyle.

“Those who love gravity sports freely seek new thrills and challenges. To ensure that they make it back in one piece, they prefer high-performance equipment that offers the ultimate sense of freedom and protection,” says Thomas Ingenlath, senior vice president design of Volvo Car Group.

“The Volvo Concept XC Coupé is perfectly in tune with this active lifestyle. Its capability and protection is cleverly integrated into the sophisticated looks. Concept XC Coupé is ready and willing to bring you into the adventure zone and back,” he adds.

Sleeker and safer at the same time

Volvo Concept XC Coupe

The three concept cars are designed to demonstrate vital elements of the company’s new Scalable Product Architecture: the confident stance, the proportions and the most prominent design signatures.

“Concept XC Coupé also shows how clever engineering makes it possible for us to reinforce our world-leading safety without compromising design, size or weight. Thanks to the extensive use of high-strength boron steel and structures with new, ingenious decoupling, we can make SPA cars more compact and safer at the same time,” says Ingenlath.

The two-door, four-seat Volvo Concept XC Coupé has a strong connection with its sibling, the Volvo Concept Coupé. However, the larger 21-inch wheels, the more accentuated wheel-arches and the taller roofline all contribute to a more robust impression and a fuller, capable look.

The extended distance between the dashboard and the front axle is still a very powerful visual element. The capable stance is emphasized by details such as the new hood and a beltline that spans an elegant bow along the length of the car.

High-tech sport gear

Volvo Concept XC Coupe

The connection with modern, high-tech sports gear is highly present in the concept car. Among the sources of inspiration for the design team is the Swedish company POC, which develops high-tech protective gear for gravity sports athletes.

“Several orange details and exterior graphics in combination with bold use of matte rubber moldings, which cover the rear end of the car, add to the highly functional expression of the design,” says Ingenlath.

To strike the right balance between aesthetics and functionality, the design team has also given it traditional SUV elements, such as side moldings and skid plates, a modern interpretation. They are more integrated into the sleek design, flush with the surrounding body areas.

T-shaped DRL lights

Volvo Concept XC Coupe

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

“Both concept cars show how we can shape our cars from now on. We add emotional value to the Volvo brand with the calm, confident beauty that is the hallmark of Scandinavian design,” says Ingenlath.

Building on a proud XC heritage

Volvo Cars paved the way for a completely new segment by introducing the V70 Cross Country in 1997. The range has been continuously developed and extended since then. Presently, it spans from the Volvo V40 Cross Country, via the XC60 and XC70, to the XC90.

“With the Volvo Concept XC Coupé, we take this unique blend of capable ruggedness and expressive elegance up to a new, sportier attitude,” says Ingenlath.

Press Release 1

The Volvo Concept XC Coupé – the next chapter in Volvo’s new design story

Volvo Concept XC Coupe

In September, the Volvo Concept Coupé was launched to critical acclaim and many awards, and represented the world’s first insight into Volvo Car Group’s (Volvo Cars) new design direction under Senior Vice President of Design, Thomas Ingenlath. It also showed one interpretation of how the proportions and versatility of Volvo Cars’ new Scalable Product Architecture, that will underpin all medium and large cars in the company’s future, could look.

The Concept Coupé was the first of three design studies. The next chapter in Volvo Cars’ new design story showcases how the company’s famous safety technology as well as a contemporary Scandinavian active lifestyle could be integrated into the new architecture. The Volvo Concept XC Coupé will make its world debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) on January 13, but full details including press release, videos and images will be published on January 8.

The Concept XC Coupé builds on Volvo’s proud history of Cross Country and XC products, with Volvo Cars having created the niche in 1997. And in anticipation of the full reveal of the car in early 2014, Volvo Cars now shares the first three images of the car as well as a short video on Volvo Cars’ YouTube channel.



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