Volvo Concept You

FRONT 3/4 VIEW

1. LED headlamps are combined with discreet air inlets.

2. Hood is set above the horizontal plane of the fender tops, with a concave radius turning downward from the sharply defined hood edge.

3. A crisp line separates the slightly convex hood top from the concave radius fairing into the fender form.

4. Very subtle right and left hood surface intersection defines an elegant centerline.

5. One is highly aware of the inward-tapering roof that is formally much more a fastback coupe than the typical upper structure of a four-door sedan.

6. The surface flowing outward to the wheel- opening perimeter emphasizes the wheels.

7. This soft indent in the body sides visually separates front and rear fenders on what is basically a single pontoon form.

8. Another crisp edge defines the break from side to front of the body, convex outboard, slightly concave below the lamps.

9. Chrome bars take up only a third of the bottom edge of the dual inlets that are a quiet reference to the double grilles of the 122 Amazon.

10. The diagonal bar in the radiator grille has been a Volvo identity mark since the first Swedish car in 1927.

OVERHEAD VIEW

11. Relatively flat fender top is very much a characteristic from the PV444/544 series.

12. Windows in the roof are an odd development, seen on the Nissan Maxima and many concept cars. Practicality is questionable.

13. Backlight is very much a coupelike detail, tapering inward at the base.

14. This crisp edge, derived from the top of the A-pillar, defines the break from roof to tail panels. Concave deck lid is part of much-too-small trunk opening.

15. Sharp horizontal line defines the perimeter of the car, looks good but is also vulnerable to parking-lot damage.

16. Brightwork on the underside of the tail is a very understated decorative element.

17. Moderately complex wrap-over taillight is visible from all legally required angles.

18. Chrome strip underlines the doors only, an unusual and interesting detail.

INTERIOR VIEW

19. Door panels are clean, simple, and very attractive.

20. Driver's seat appears to float above the floor, but backrest angle does not seem variable with respect to cushion. Its thinness enhances a sense of spaciousness in the cabin.

21. Complex inner panel on rear doors integrates into cocoonlike rear seats.

22. The rear seats are nicely shaped but are not especially inviting, more like racing-car shells than luxurious chairs. But Volvo has been particularly good at seat design since the '60s, so they're probably very comfortable.

23. Putting the decorative step plate at the rear is very unusual. A driver alone in the car would never see it.

24. Instrument cluster is reduced in size, leaving the entire transverse panel free of clutter and confusion. The overall effect is a highly welcoming interior, made especially agreeable by the absence of a B-pillar, as in early Lancias.

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