Volvo is trying to get more sexy, showcasing recently its next generation P1800 Concept Coupe. It is the first in a series of three vehicles created under the automaker’s new Scalable Product Architecture, which calls for design ideas free “from the limitations of previous cross-brand platforms.” What’s of particular note to readers here is the fact this first concept is a hybrid.
The visual impact of the new proportions is most powerful when viewing the Volvo Concept Coupé from the side. The distance between the dashboard and the front axle is extended and the greenhouse has been moved slightly rearwards.
A low bonnet, roof, and the five-spoke, 21-inch wheels also contribute to the impression of an elegant Gran Tourer oozing effortless power. The confident stance is emphasized by a beltline that spans an elegant bow along the whole car.
That certainly doesn’t speak to any Volvo we’ve seen on the road recently. As for what’s under the hood of this concept, it comes with “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 400 hp and over 600 Nm of torque.”
On the interior, this hybrid is equipped with “a large portrait touch-screen in the centre console [that] interacts with an adaptive digital display and head-up display in front of the driver.” Other design touches in the cabin as well include “ handcrafted elements such as the leather instrument panel, inlays made of naturally aged wood and…dark blue woven carpets.”
Besides making future Volvos look more pretty and functional, plans also call for the embracing of new technologies such as autonomous driving. This will first appear as “autonomous steering to avoid accidents and make driving more comfortable” sometime next year. As for fully robotic driving, much like Nissan’s goals, 2020 looks to be the timeframe.
“The new Volvo Concept Coupé reveals how we could shape our cars from now on,” said Volvo Senior Vice President of Design, Thomas Ingenlath, in a statement. “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.”