The Concept XC will evolve into the next-generation XC90
The production car will feature a range of autonomous driving technologies
The Concept XC Coupe offers a thinly veiled look at the new Volvo XC90
Elements of the Concept XC's design are expected to carry over onto the XC90
Volvo teased the new XC90 in recent months with a preview image
The Concept XC is the second in a series of three new concepts
The first, the Concept Coupe, was last seen at the Tokyo motor show
Like the other concepts in the range, the XC shares the flexible SPA platform
The XC90 is expected to take on a larger, fuller look overall than the Concept XC
The Concept XC has been compared to an Allroad-style version of a sports estate
Despite the expected changes, the links between the new XC90 and the Concept XC are clear
Volvo says the concept has been designed around the shape of modern sports equipment
The Concept XC is pitched at people with active lifestyles
The SUV-esque styling of the Concept XC gives the car a muscular, aggressive look
The rear seats of the Concept XC can fold flat to store sports equipment
Likewise, the XC's body cladding and roof box are designed for versatility and strength
Inside, there's seating for four passengers
Volvo has included a number of storage solutions, both inside the car...
...and outside thanks to the addition of the XC's roofbox
The XC is designed to show off the flexability of the SPA platform
That same architecture was also used on the Concept Coupé last year
The Concept XC sits on large 21-inch wheels
The XC also includes flared wheel arches
A taller roofline, longer bonnet and more prominent beltline can also be seen
The Concept XC has been seen for the first time at the Detroit motor show
The car is the second of three new design concepts from Thomas Ingenlath
The Concept XC showcases some of Volvo's latest safety technology
One of the new safety innovations is a 360 degree camera system
A surrounding radar detection system could warn of impending collisions
The large 21-inch wheels give the Concept XC is SUV-like proportions
Both the original Concept Coupe and the Concept XC sit on the SPA platform
The Concept XC has premiered at the Detroit motor show today
The Concept XC Coupé follows last year’s Concept Coupé as the second of three concept cars penned by Volvo design chief Thomas Ingenlath. Each concept has been designed to preview Volvo’s new look and highlight the flexibility of the firm’s new SPA platform, which will be rolled out first on the XC90 and ultimately on all Volvos larger than the V40.
Ingenlath says the two-door, four-seat Detroit concept, “brings us a bit closer” to the new XC90.
“But it goes without saying that a three-row seven-seater will have a larger and fuller look than this four-seater,” Ingenlath added, comparing the Concept XC Coupe to an Allroad-style version of a sports estate.
Using Ingenlath’s words, it is relatively easy to imagine a larger and fuller version of the Concept XC Coupé in order to arrive at the look of the new XC90. Indeed, Volvo has already previewed the front end of the new XC90 in a teaser image and its links to the Concept XC Coupé are clear.
Ingenlath says the Concept XC Coupé has been inspired by the design of modern sports equipment and is pitched at people with active lifestyles. This is reflected in the way the two rear seats fold flat to store sports equipment, as well as with the concept’s roof box and with the materials used for the body cladding and trim.
The Concept XC Coupe shows off the versatility of the SPA platform, the architecture previously being used on the sleek two-door Concept Coupe. Larger 21in alloys are fitted to the concept, as are flared wheel arches, a taller roofline, a longer bonnet and more prominent beltline.