Volvo’s stylish Concept Coupe drew a surprisingly positive response at the 2013 Frankfurt auto show, and now Volvo will be bringing a new, similar concept to the 2014 Detroit auto show called the Volvo Concept XC Coupe. As can be surmised from the name, this concept is essentially a crossover version of the Concept Coupe, with a raised stance and a wagon-like profile for greater utility.
From the three preview images and teaser video Volvo has provided, we can tell that the front end of the Concept XC Coupe is very similar to that of the Concept Coupe, with swept-back headlights, a prominent front chrome grille, and a long, low hood. The Concept XC Coupe has a raised stance and a hatchback profile in the rear, but it appears that the bulging hips and sleek profile of the Concept Coupe remain. Viewed from the rear, the taillights put a twist on Volvo’s typical full-length rear light design with a horizontal light shape similar to the Concept Coupe that transitions into a vertical light as it reaches up into the rear window.
Volvo says this Concept XC Coupe is the second of three design studies that are intended to show the brand’s new design language as well as Volvo’s new scalable architecture. This platform will underpin all future midsize and large Volvos, starting with the 2015 Volvo XC90 crossover which will be the first production implementation of the styling cues first shown on these concepts. It’s likely that the next-generation Volvo XC60, due within the next few years, will also feature the scalable platform and look much like this Concept XC Coupe. Volvo is also developing a small-car platform with its Chinese owner Geely that could be the basis for a smaller Volvo XC40 crossover.
The Volvo Concept XC Coupe also most likely makes use of one of Volvo’s new Drive-E powertrains, a new family of engines that will be rolling out starting with the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder in the 2015 Volvo V60. Various other Drive-E engines will make their way into Volvo’s entire lineup over the next few years and aim to be more fuel efficient and lightweight than the engines they replace.
We’re fans of Volvo’s new styling direction, and this concept looks to be an interesting variation on the lauded Concept Coupe. Look forward to finding out more information about the Volvo Concept XC Coupe closer to its debut at the 2014 Detroit auto show in January.