The second of three concept cars to demonstrate the future direction of Volvo design and engineering based on the new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), the two-door, four-seat Volvo Concept XC Coupe will be shown at the 2014 Detroit auto show with a stress on safety and active sporting capability.
Combining the lovely, elegant design of the Volvo Concept Coupe first shown at the 2013 Frankfurt auto show with the bulked-up body and utility of a crossover, the Swedish automaker is pushing the versatility of its new SPA. In addition to its larger, taller body, the Volvo Concept XC Coupe gets larger wheel arches to accommodate its carbon-grey 21-inch wheels, a new bonnet and beltline, and numerous orange-colored sport-utility trimmings. Most prominent of these orange details are the matte rubber moldings fixed to the front and rear bumpers, which echo the orange “XC” badging and turn signals, orange piping in the tires, and orange wheel-spoke details. The concept also sports a pair of roof rails with a handy roof-mounted cargo box, just in case the family’s gear doesn’t all fit into the rear cargo hold.
With performance models like the 2015 Volvo S60 Polestar and 2015 V60 Polestar arriving in a flash of blue this coming June, Volvo seems to making a concerted effort to demonstrate its commitment to performance and luxury. The Volvo Concept XC Coupe, however, is a reminder that it does not intend to let the brand’s strong reputation for durability and utility fall by the wayside. In fact, these models all likely pave the way for the forthcoming 2015 Volvo XC90, which will be the first production Volvo built completely on the SPA chassis.
Unsurprisingly, safety is a major focus point for the Volvo Concept XC Coupe. Volvo says that special decoupling high-strength boron steel throughout the vehicle allows for a compact design that does not sacrifice safety. We’ve already seen how Volvo intends to implement a new electrical system to control future safety technology in its SPA vehicles, so it’s safe to bet that the Volvo will include active safety features and extensive cameras and sensors such as the IntelliSafe 360-degree camera pictured below.
Let us know in the comments what you think of the sleek new Volvo Concept XC Coupe, and follow our coverage of the 2014 Detroit auto show for more details.