Volvo has unveiled the first of a series of three concept cars that reveal future design possibilities.
The Volvo Concept Coupé is the first design by the new Senior Vice President of Design, Thomas Ingenlath.
"The Volvo Concept Coupé is no futuristic dream car. It is designed to demonstrate the capability of our new architecture: the confident stance, the proportions and the most prominent design signatures. Even though the all-new XC90 is an entirely different type of car, you will recognise the connection instantly when it is revealed next year," said Ingenlath.
"The new Volvo Concept Coupé reveals how we could shape our cars from now on. Free from the superficial surface excitement of other car brands, we add emotional value to the Volvo brand with the calm, confident beauty that is the hallmark of Scandinavian design," Ingenlath added.
A low bonnet and roof, and the five-spoke 21-inch wheels contribute to the impression of an elegant GT car.
"Think about the powerful calmness of a lion. He doesn't have to prowl to radiate respect. Even lying down he shows very clearly what he is capable of," said Ingenlath.
The face of the Volvo Concept Coupé is characterised by a new bonnet and "floating" grille, flanked by headlights featuring T-shaped DRL light guides. Just like the rear light signature, the DRL lights are distinctive elements in the new design direction of Volvo Cars.
"The face is new, but it also carries more than 85 years of Volvo heritage with great pride. We are still working with the final interpretation of the grille and the iron mark and this will be revealed together with the XC90 next year," said Ingenlath.
Volvo says that the petrol plug-in hybrid drivetrain in the Volvo Concept Coupé reflects a strategy to use electrification to create the most powerful versions in the new four-cylinder Drive-E engine family. Volvo reckons this will take power figures up into V8 territory.
The concept car features a two-litre high-performance Drive-E petrol engine with a supercharger and turbo. The petrol engine is teamed with an electric motor on the rear axle. This gives Volvo Concept Coupé a total output of around 295kW and over 600Nm of torque.