Volvo’s Concept Coupé, which will debut at September’s Frankfurt Auto Show, is the first of a series of three concept cars that will use the company’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA).
So far, Volvo’s announcements about the new concept have featured plenty of braggadocio…
“Think about the powerful calmness of a lion. He doesn’t have to prowl to radiate respect. Even lying down he shows very clearly what he is capable of,” said Volvo’s new Senior Vice President of Design Thomas Ingenlath.
…and few technical details. We do know that the powertrain features a two-liter Drive-E gas engine with a supercharger and turbo driving the front axle, and an electric motor bringing up the rear, for a total output of around 400 hp and over 600 Nm of torque.
Electrification continues to converge with autonomy and connectivity. A large portrait touch screen in the center console interacts with an adaptive digital display and heads-up display. “This is a natural integration of user interfaces in our new car generation,” says Ingenlath. “Interaction with pleasure but without distraction is the key. We bring connectivity into our cars to make them both more enjoyable and safe.”
Scalable Product Architecture is also being prepared for autonomous driving. Volvo will introduce autonomous steering features to avoid accidents in 2014, and aims to have cars with fully autonomous technology on the roads before 2020.