Volvo finally showed the first of three completely new concepts that will serve as a basis for future models of the Swedish brand. This concept also uses the new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) which will be premiered with the 2014 Volvo XC90. The objective is give its cars a more premium look and feel.
This is the first design made by Senior Vice President of Design, Thomas Ingenlath, and it is going to dictate how all new models will look like. This concept, in particular, is described as the modern P1800, a car that was the first successful sports car built by Volvo.
One of the main innovations are the front T-shaped daytime running lights (DRL), and the C-shaped rear lights. This car also features a low bonnet and 21-inch wheels, giving it a sleek and elegant appearance.
The interior is also new, and includes a large portrait touch screen in the center console that interacts with an adaptive digital display and head-up display in front of the driver. The leather instrument panel, inlays made of naturally aged wood and the dark blue woven carpets help give the inside a premium feel.
Powering this petrol plug-in hybrid is a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, Drive-E engine with a supercharger and turbo, helped by an electric motor that is connected to the rear wheels. Together, they generate over 400PS (294kW or 395bhp) and 600Nm (443lb/ft).