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Tony O'Kane | Dec, 10 2014 | 0 Comments

Volvo's exterior design manager has confirmed that the Swedish company is seriously considering a production version of its Coupe Concept from last year's Frankfurt Motor Show, but that development has been put on hold as the brand concentrates on other products.

Following the Coupe Concept's Frankfurt unveiling and a strongly positive reaction from media and showgoers alike, Volvo was reportedly considering bringing out a production version of the concept - albeit in limited numbers.

But speaking to UK mag Auto Express, Volvo's chief exterior designer Anders Gunnarson said while the company would "very much want to build the Concept Coupe", the focus for now is on bringing the XC90 SUV range to market.

While a new Volvo two door based on the Concept Coupe is firmly on the backburner, we should see the Concept Coupe's shapely styling influence the upcoming replacement for the S80 large sedan, which is expected to make its debut later in 2015.

The S80's replacement is expected to make use of Volvo's SPA platform, which was showcased by the Concept Coupe and will get its production debut under the XC90 when it launches next year.

Given the future S80's similar size and use of the SPA architecture, the development of a two-door version isn't outside the realm of possibility.

Such a car could also make use of the XC90 T8 variant's 235kW turbo and supercharged petrol engine and 60kW electric motor combo - a setup that's very similar to the Coupe Concept's 298kW petrol/electric powertrain, and one that could also bring a plug-in charging capability.

If all goes well, expect to hear more about Volvo's plans for a new two-door sometime in the next year or two.

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