Thursday, January 16, 2014

Volvo Concept XC Coupe Named Best Concept Car at Detroit Motor Show

The 2014 Detroit Auto Show hosts the world premiere of Volvo Cars’ new Concept XC Coupe – the second of three concept cars that showcase the company’s future design direction.Like the highly acclaimed and award-winning Volvo Concept Coupe, the Concept XC Coupe demonstrates the design possibilities of Volvo Cars’ new Scalable Product Architecture that will underpin most cars from Volvo Cars in the future, starting with the all-new Volvo XC90.
The next generation Volvo XC90 will launch in late 2014 and the plug-in hybrid version will be offered worldwide as soon as the new XC90 launches.

Volvo has taken the wraps off the Concept XC Coupe.
Designed to preview the 2015 XC90, the Concept XC Coupe has a stylish exterior that borrows cues from the Concept Coupe that debuted at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Despite the familiar styling, the XC Coupe has been equipped with plastic body cladding, muscular wheel arches and 21-inch alloy wheels. The crossover also has skid plates, a "floating" grille and headlights with T-shaped LED daytime running lights.
Designed for active lifestyles
After unleashing the groundbreaking Concept Coupe, we proudly reveal the Concept XC Coupe. Second in line of three concept cars, it is inspired by modern high-tech sports equipment. It is a sophisticated, capable and safe car designed for active lifestyles.
Robust impression
The two-door, four-seater Volvo Concept XC Coupe has a strong connection with its sibling Volvo Concept Coupe. However, the larger 21-inch wheels, the accentuated wheel-arches and the taller roofline contribute to a more robust impression and a fuller, capable look.
Emotional design
Volvo Concept XC Coupe shows how clever engineering meets emotional design. With this car, we reinforce our world-leading safety without compromising design, size or weight,” says Thomas Ingenlath.
Volvo has not yet released technical details of the Concept XC Coupe, but the brand has said that the show car uses the Swedish automaker's new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). We can safely assume that it taps into Volvo's newly developed range of four-cylinder engines, and considering “Plug-In Hybrid” is etched just aft of the front wheels, we expect that batteries are indeed included.
While Volvo stresses the Concept XC Coupe's "proud XC heritage"—alluding to the brand’s run of crossovers that started in 1997—the concept owes at least as much to the automaker's rich heritage of shooting brakes. In fact, the Concept XC Coupe would make a very convincing shooting brake itself, if it weren't for the slightly obnoxious crossover treatment. That includes a raised suspension, 21-inch wheels, orange-colored details, and skid plates that just about no one will ever need or use. But we get it; customer is king, and crossovers are what they want. The clean style of the Concept XC Coupe is highlighted by the concave grille, the T-shaped LED headlamps, and the delicately thin taillights. All three elements will become signature features of future Volvo models.
If the extremely well executed Concept XC Coupe is any indicator, Volvo has certainly found its new differentiator. We’re hopeful that it will ultimately reach Volvo dealerships in the not-too-distant future looking basically like this, although some of us could do without the orange skid plates.
Price ,,, from $34,500 - $45,650

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