Volvo’s 2014 Detroit Motor Show presence was headlined by the debut of XC Coupe Concept, the crossover version of a trio of XC concept cars based on the company’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) that will define the future production lineup of the company. This one is what the next XC90 will look like.
Of course, the concept is a two-seater crossover with limited practicality, which is the exact opposite of the XC90 as we know it. But you will be seeing some of its design cues, such as the headlights and grille design, accentuated wheel-arches, and taillight arrangement on the production car.
Volvo XC Coupe also showcases an advanced new interior, inspired by the design of modern sports equipment as a hint to its functionality and durability. Volvo teamed up with Swedish company POC, which develops high-tech protective gear for extreme sports athletes, for this.
“Those who love extreme 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. “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.”