Volvo Debuts Concept Car Inspired By Sports Gear
The automaker collaborated on design details with a Swedish gravity sports protective equipment maker.
Volvo will officially unveil the Concept XC Coupe at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. We got a first look at the car’s design which Volvo developed to appeal to those with an active lifestyle. The XC Coupe is a sibling to Volvo’s Concept Coupé revealed late last year at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The XC relies on the company’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) system introduced with the Concept Coupé and shares a similar overall design language.
Volvo collaborated with Swedish brand POC Sports, makers of helmets and safety gear for skiers and cyclists. Known for their sleek and functional design approach, POC contribution to the project can best be seen in the XC Coupe’s details. There’s color accent skid plates integrated into the front and rear fascia. And a custom hard shell ski case and rack is seamlessly fitted to the roof.
While being smaller, XC Coupe follows in the tradition of Volvo’s ‘active’ wagons like the recent XC70. It is a hard to categorize the model, as its not an SUV and not quite a crossover. Following Subaru’s unique product line and recent sales boom, we might see more automakers look to develop more hybrid-terrain cars and wagons. The trend appears to be headed back to smaller and lower vehicle types, that still retain rugged terrain capabilities.