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Volvo Concept XC Coupe Showcases New SUV Architecture.

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Volvo Concept XC Coupe

Volvo has released a video for their Concept XC Coupe, the second of three concept cars to show the direction of the company. The Concept XC Coupe was designed to continue the off-road capable XC lineup.

Starting with the Volvo Concept Coupe, and now with the Concept XC Coupe, Volvo has been building on their Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). Scalable Product Architecture combines Volvo's stance, proportions, and design language into a range of future vehicles.

"Concept XC Coupe also shows how clever engineering makes it possible for us to reinforce our world-leading safety without compromising design, size or weight. Thanks to the extensive use of high-strength boron steel and structures with new, ingenious decoupling, we can make SPA cars more compact and safer at the same time," said Thomas Ingenlath, senior vice president of design at Volvo.

The design of the Concept XC Coupe focuses on sporty ruggedness, mixing modern Volvo design cues with striking colors from adventure sports. The overall body shape is much larger than the Concept Coupe, with a higher roof and wider fenders to give an off road capable stance. Around the front of the car sits a new grille, sitting in between a new T-shaped DRL design. Around the back, the Concept XC Coupe utilizes their signature taillight design, which has been tweaked to be thinner and more modern than some of the previous iterations.

"Both concept cars show how we can shape our cars from now on. We add emotional value to the Volvo brand with the calm, confident beauty that is the hallmark of Scandinavian design," said Ingenlath.

To make the Concept XC Coupe look the part, Volvo enlisted the help of POC, a Swedish company that sells sports gear. Volvo put bright orange accents around several details of the Concept XC Coupe, much like what is found on modern sporting equipment. In addition to the large 21-inch wheels, the vehicle has skid plates, demonstrating its off road prowess.

Volvo's off road ready vehicles have been a key to their lineup since the V70 Cross Country was introduced in 1997. Similar vehicles have been in demand, and currently line of more adventurous Volvos include the XC60, XC70, and XC90.

The Volvo XC Concept Coupe will make its debut next week at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

"With the Volvo Concept XC Coupe, we take this unique blend of capable ruggedness and expressive elegance up to a new, sportier attitude," said Ingenlath.

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