395bhp Volvo Concept Coupe coupe sets a new design direction for the company; inspired by Volvo P1800
20 November 2013

The first Volvo to be penned by design chief Thomas Ingenlath, who arrived at the firm last year has again been seen at the Tokyo motor show.

The Volvo Concept Coupe is underpinned by Volvo’s versatile new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, and powered by one of the firm’s new Drive-E four-cylinder petrol engines mated to a hybrid system for performance equivalent to a V8. The model has already been seen at the Frankfurt motor show.

The SPA will first appear on a production car next year with the all-new XC90. But Volvo has chosen to preview the architecture on a coupe to showcase its versatility, and how it has "liberated designers and engineers from the limitations of previous cross-brand platforms", a reference to Volvo’s current Ford-derived underpinnings.

"The Volvo Concept Coupe is no futuristic dream car," said Ingenlath. "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 XC90 is an entirely different type of car, you will recognise the connection instantly when it is revealed next year."

The Concept Coupe previews Volvo’s new corporate front-end, complete with a slimmer ‘floating’ radiator grille and headlight design, the headlights featuring Volvo’s new T-shape LED daytime running lights.

"We are still working with the final interpretation of the grille and the iron mark and this will be revealed together with the XC90 next year," said Ingenlath.

The sleek two-door coupe also features subtle nods to Volvo’s iconic P1800 coupe, without descending into being retro, according to Ingenlath.

Volvo’s new interior design is also featured on the concept, including a large touchscreen in the centre console, head-up display and handcrafted leather, wood and glass trim.

The SPA is also compatible with autonomous driving features, some of which will be introduced with the XC90 next year including a system that automatically steers to avoid accidents.

"There is a natural integration of user interfaces in our new car generation," said Ingenlath. "Interaction with pleasure but without distraction is the key. We bring connectivity to our cars and make them both more enjoyable and safe."

Power for the concept comes from a new turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine from Volvo’s new Drive-E engine to family to power the front wheels, and an electric motor and battery pack to power the rear wheels.

Combined power is rated to around 395bhp, and torque at around 442lb ft.

The Concept Coupe is to be joined by at least two other Volvo concept designs in the coming months, which will help to establish the brand's new design direction.

Volvo has tripled its sales in Japan to 18,000 units in recent months. Speaking at the Tokyo motor show, the company revealed the 2014 Volvo XC90 would be available with a hybrid powertrain, and that a super-efficient SPA platform-based diesel engine would be coming to Japan soon. The new engine is Euro6 emissions compliant, has 190bhp on tap and will return up to 60mpg when connected to S60 and V60 models.

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28 August 2013

That is one good looking car! Simple elegance with a small amount of brutishness. this would make a lovely alternative to A5, 4 series etc

28 August 2013

It looks very nice, but as ever with concept cars, will we actually see anything that good available to buy? Or will it all be toned down to mush: "Here's would you could have, but we're not going to give you that!".

29 August 2013

Andy_Cowe wrote:

It looks very nice, but as ever with concept cars, will we actually see anything that good available to buy? Or will it all be toned down to mush: "Here's would you could have, but we're not going to give you that!".

This annoys me.

They design and show some gorgeous coupe, but then turn around and say

"This is not for production, but is a preview of a design language".

They then put slightly similar headlights on some unrelated SUV tank, and call that progress.

Stop teasing us, manufacturers! Just display the SUV thing with the new headlights if you aren't going to build the coupe!

29 August 2013

Couldn't agree more. Why don't manufacturers have the balls to follow their designers all the way to the road.

Volvo need to build this car if they are to bounce back.

28 August 2013

Chevrolet Camaro. Anyone else agree?

29 August 2013

Bluemoon2462012 wrote:

Chevrolet Camaro. Anyone else agree?

I don't. But I am impressed by the P1800 cues! There are so many references to that model without looking "retro". The grill and greenhouse are evocative, and I particularly appreciate the rear fender tops, which give homage the the "tail fins" of the original.

The Camaro? It IS a retro design. It apes the 1967 to 1969 models a little too well. It looks like an old Camaro. To my humble eyes, this new Volvo concept bears little to no resemblance to Camaros past or current. But I commend it's stylistic references to Volvo's classic coupe. 

29 August 2013

Bluemoon2462012 wrote:

Chevrolet Camaro. Anyone else agree?

 

Yeah, I see where you're coming from

29 August 2013

I like the look of this. What a shame they get the styling right at the same time as they restrict engines to 4 cylinders. Still hope they have the balls to put something very much like this into production

29 August 2013

being a carpenter i own a few sandvik chisels made in Sweden and i can't help but wonder the clean simple lines and the sharpness you can achieve when sharpening them. Not to mention Sweden does have one of the best iron ore reserves in the world. having studied Swedish design by taking inspiration from a chisel i noticed the simplicity and cleaniness of their design in home and furniture designs, which in my opinion borders german durability. Volvo in my opinion have shown this simplicity and cleaniness in their exterior and interior designs like the V50 and i do think if they try hard they can be an easy rival for the germans (provided they don't follow their mad angular creased infested designs). they were miss managed by Ford which didn't try hard enough to make volvo competitve enough against the premium brands but judging by this concept I do hope they excel forward. Saab could have easily been a premuim luxury brand too but again mis-managed by GM. there seems to be a trend in these US companies who buy out other brands.

29 August 2013

Whether I can see Audi A5 or Camaro, this car looks stunning. If a 2 door 4 seater and a 4 door 4 seater can be made, I'd consider buying this beautiful machine.

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