Volvo’s current XC90 was first introduced to the world at the 2001 Detroit Auto Show as “the Adventure Concept Car”. The concept was Volvo’s first foray into the red-hot SUV market, sure, but the most interesting thing about that product unveiling was the guy sitting in the White House’ big office. Hint: it was Bill Clinton. It is with some excitement, then, that Volvo’s XC Coupé concept heads to Detroit, 13 years later, to introduce the world to the 2015 Volvo XC90.
The XC Coupé is, in many ways, recognizable as a Volvo. It has the vertical grille, the prominent Ironmark logo, and a stylized set of taillights that have become something of a Volvo trademark in the current era. Unlike the Volvos your parents remember, though, the XC Coupé is drop-dead sexy, carrying over a number of elements from the Volvo Concept Coupe that, itself, is a thinly-veiled preview of next year’s Volvo S80/V70 large cars.
Expect the 2015 Volvo XC90 to share a few key styling elements with the concept shown here, but don’t expect the new car to use either Volvo’s high-horsepower T6 turbo engine or the silky-smooth Yamaha-sourced V8 that you can find in late-model XC90s today. Instead, the new XC90/S80 cars will likely make use of Volvo’s new, fuel-efficient VEA engine architecture and i-ART diesels. If you worry that the new Volvo won’t have enough power, though- fear not. Volvo claims their new turbocharged 4 cylinders will “make V8s seem like dinosaurs“.
We’ll see about that when the 2015 Volvo XC90s hit Sweden’s roads later this year. In the meantime, Chris and I will be taking more pictures of the new Volvo concept(s) from the floor of the Detroit show next week. Stay tuned!