Volvo's 300kW Coup? Concept: Out With Vanilla, In With Vigour Photo:
volvo_p1800_sketch_01 Photo: tmr
2013_volvo_coupe_concept_14 Photo: tmr
2013_volvo_coupe_concept_20 Photo: tmr
2013_volvo_coupe_concept_07 Photo: tmr
2013_volvo_coupe_concept_24 Photo: tmr
2013_volvo_coupe_concept_00c Photo: tmr
2013_volvo_coupe_concept_12 Photo: tmr
2013_volvo_coupe_concept_17 Photo: tmr
2013_volvo_coupe_concept_23 Photo: tmr
2013_volvo_coupe_concept_03 Photo: tmr
2013_volvo_coupe_concept_11 Photo: tmr
volvo_p1800_sketch_04 Photo: tmr
2013_volvo_coupe_concept_15 Photo: tmr
2013_volvo_coupe_concept_22 Photo: tmr
2013_volvo_coupe_concept_08 Photo: tmr
2013_volvo_coupe_concept_09a Photo: tmr
volvo_p1800_sketch_03 Photo: tmr
2013_volvo_coupe_concept_16 Photo: tmr
2013_volvo_coupe_concept_19 Photo: tmr
2013_volvo_coupe_concept_02 Photo: tmr
2013_volvo_coupe_concept_00a Photo: tmr
2013_volvo_coupe_concept_10 Photo: tmr
volvo_p1800_sketch_02 Photo: tmr
2013_volvo_coupe_concept_13 Photo: tmr
2013_volvo_coupe_concept_18 Photo: tmr
2013_volvo_coupe_concept_00b Photo: tmr
2013_volvo_coupe_concept_21 Photo: tmr
2013_volvo_coupe_concept_09 Photo: tmr
TMR Team | Aug, 29 2013 | 4 Comments

Volvo's new design director Thomas Ingenlath boldly declared this week that "the vanilla days are over", promising a sexy, smooth and strong new Swede.

As though its mental S60 Polestar sedan were not enough to convince us of Volvo's intentions, the carmaker has unleashed a new concept - named simply Coupé - that hangs low and hits high.

This is a concept that pulls no punches. There's 298kW and 600Nm on tap, and it comes from an electric motor that's mated to Volvo's new 2.0 litre Drive-E petrol engine... that's also turbo- and super-charged.

But, just as importantly, Ingenlath says the Coupé concept's styling is a genuine preview of what's to come. Two more concepts are on the way, and hidden within is a glimpse of Volvo's next-generation production range.

Vanilla days indeed.

The petrol-electric setup sees the boosted petrol engine driving the front axle, while the rear end contributes to the show with an electric motor.

Volvo says the concept's plug-in hybrid driveline reflects its strategy to use electrification in creating the most powerful versions of its new four-cylinder Drive-E engine family, promising V8 performance.

The Coupé is of course built on Volvo's new Scaleable Production Architecture (SPA), which is the carmaker's own take on the modular platform approach that now dominates the auto industry.

Volvo reckons it's even more versatile (read: more model types and sizes can be built on it) than Volkswagen's ubiquitous MQB platform.

In the cabin, the concept features a hand-cut crystal gear lever (of course), a leather dash and woven carpets, and a large touch display in the centre of the dash.

The concept's interior marks an evolution of Volvo's cabin design, most noteably with the new take on its familiar floating dash design.

As for styling, the Coupé clearly builds on the look of Volvo's earlier Universe and You concepts, while adding a lot more style into the package.

Inspired by the iconic P1800 of the 1960s, the concept's lines are distinctly Volvo, with wrapped tail-lights below a long rear deck, familiar winglets at the front end and that 'very Volvo' grille design.

Volvo has two more concepts on the way, and the carmaker says they'll pave the way for the introduction of the all-new Volvo XC90 in 2014.

Watch out for that.

TMR Comments
Latest Comments
The size of your tyre is located on the sidewall of your tyre.
It will be similar to the sample below.