First Exterior Preview of Volvo S60 Concept

Volvo S60 Concept

Et tu, XF? You'd be forgiven for thinking the car in the shadows bears some resemblance to Jaguar's latest saloon, but you're actually looking at the first exterior photo of the Volvo S60 concept, which will debut at the 2009 Detroit auto show in January.

O.K, so it's not an exact clone of the Jag, but the fast roofline and rear fenders - which Volvo claims are "coupe-like" - remind us of the slinky XF. Though certain cues (i.e. the traditional Volvo grille, "cab-forward" proportions, and strong shoulders created by a high beltline) are distinctively Volvo, this may prove to be one of the strongest re-interpretations of Volvo's design language since the 1992 ECC concept.

If you find yourself liking what you see, we've even better news. According to Steve Mattin, Volvo Cars' design director, the concept's exterior, unlike the fanciful interior, gives "a clear indication of what customers can expect of the all-new S60." We'll know for sure when that car launches in 2010, but until then, we'll bring you the latest on the S60 concept as its Detroit debut looms ever closer.

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Another "four-door" coupe oxymoron? Great ... (note the strong dash of sarcasm.)

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