Volvo reveals stunning Concept XC Coupe


The Scandinavian manufacturer has followed up last year's beautiful Concept Coupe model with a beefed-up off-road version that gives the strongest hints yet of how the forthcoming XC90 could look.

Volvo's Concept XC coupe is due to be unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in just a few days but company representatives are keen to whip up excitement prior to the event.

The sleek concept is said to be aimed at, "those who love extreme sports and freely seek new thrills and challenges," says Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President Design of Volvo Car Group.

Busting through the marketing jargon it soon becomes apparent that the company's new Scalable Product Architecture plays a starring role in the concept. In short, the basic underpinnings that act as a building block for the rest of the vehicle are stronger and lighter, improving performance and fuel economy, as well as offering the sort of versatility that allows a number of different body shapes to sit atop with little need for adaptation.

The two-door, four-seater concept shares many of its design elements with the Concept Coupe model but larger 21-inch alloys, extenuated wheel arches and more robust bodywork hint at the off-road capabilities.

Volvo Concept XC Coupe

Volvo Concept XC Coupe

Other features that we may well see carried over in the upcoming XC90 are the T-shaped lights at the front and the striking 'wrap-around' light cluster at the rear.

The 'floating grille' below the angular bonnet is also said to strongly represent a final, production-ready design.

Inside, the Concept XC Coupe caters for those with an active lifestyle by featuring rear seats that can folded completely flat to store bulky sports equipment and featuring an integrated aerodynamic roof box that is perfect for skis, snowboards and cycling gear.

The Volvo Concept XC Coupe will be on display at the Detroit motor show next week