New shooting brake completes Swedish carmaker's trio of concept vehicles
The Volvo Concept Estate set to debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show has been revealed online after a leak. The Concept Estate is the last of the Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) design preview by the Chinese-owned Swedish carmaker to represent its future models.
Much like the Concept Coupe, the new estate also pays homage to the iconic Volvo P1800 - which also gave birth to a 'shooting brake' version called the P1800ES, releaesed in 1972. The Concept Estate is likely to preview the next V90 which will reportedly replace the outgoing V70 to be more in sync with the XC90. It is likely to underpin future V-series model designs as well.
The new concept features Swedish minimalist design much like its two SPA brethren, the Concept Estate features the T-shaped DRLs on the headlamps, wide front grill in front. Borrowing inspiration from the P1800ES, the long glass roof is neatly tapered at the end, while the slim b-pillar shows an illusion of a one-piece glass side. The rear lights feature a similarly distinct design as with the Concept XC Coupe.
The major distinction from the first two is its focus on a full-featured the interior which is highlighted by a large tablet-like control panel which the Volvo Chief Designer Thomas Ingenlath claims to be “completely intuitive and user-friendly” with “a digital environment fully-integrated into the vehicle.” Scandinavian design continues inside with a simple center console, flat cargo area with clear glass providing modular storage compartments imitating a closet.
We think the Volvo Concept Estate will change your perception of the Swedish brand as it impressed us just from the images alone. It surely sreams "boxy no more".