Volvo Reveals Concept Estate

Volvo has revealed the third installment in its concept car trilogy: the Concept Estate. Besides showcasing a vehicle typology the Swedish automaker is perhaps best known for, the new show car reveals how the interior of Volvo’s forthcoming models will both look and function.

The Concept Estate further previews the design of the all-new XC90 SUV due to be launched later this year as well as the design of subsequent Volvo vehicles. As Volvo has historically combined functionality, sturdiness and practicality with performance through cars such as the 1800 ES, and more recent V70 and XC70, the new concept points to how the company could capitalize on this heritage in its forthcoming models.

Exterior Design
Progressing the exterior design language revealed in the Concept Coupé unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show and the Concept XC Coupé that made its debut in Detroit last month, the Concept Estate’s proportions are defined by its generous dash to axle ratio, low hood, sleek silhouette and glass roof.

These contribute to the impression of a dynamic, yet capable three-door sports wagon, while the contrast between the deep, dark brown pear color and the bright five-spoke, 21-inch wheels lend a more modern, contemporary feel to the exterior.

Just like the previous concepts, the Concept Estate’s face is characterized by a new topography on the hood and the ‘floating’ grille, flanked by headlights featuring new T-shaped DRL light guides. The rear light signature is another distinctive element in Volvo’s new design direction.

The rear end design echoes the design of the Volvo 1800 ES from the early 1970s.

“The 1800-models are iconic Volvos, renowned for their beautiful forms and detailing,” says Volvo’s Senior Vice President of Design, Thomas Ingenlath. “However, using elements from their exterior and interior has nothing to do with being retro. We are using these subtle links to a glorious past to create a future in which sheer beauty becomes a recognized part of Volvo’s identity.”


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