Volvo 3rd Concept, the Concept Estate, sees light at Geneva Motor Show

Volvo is showcasing the Concept Estate at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. The Swedish marque has been on a winning streak with its concept cars lately. The Concept Coupé was named “Car of the Show” by a leading German auto magazine at the Frankfurt Motor Show, while the Concept XC Coupé received the prestigious “Eyes ON Design” award at the NAIAS (North American International Motor show) in January. The Concept Estate is deemed to offer clues of the all-new XC90 SUV’s, to be launched later in the year, and subsequent variants’ design cues. (click to enlarge)

No stranger in the Estate or Wagon segment, the Volvo V70 and XC70 are among the most popular estates in Europe and North America. In design, the Concept Estate share plenty of similarities with its concept siblings, Coupe and XC Coupe. However, the concept estate does take on some resemblance to the Volvo 1800 ES of the 70s, particularly at the rear. The generous dash to axle ratio, low hood, sleek silhouette and the glass roof all contribute to the impression of a dynamic, yet capable three-door sports wagon. The contrast between the deep, dark brown pear color and the bright, five-spoke, 21-inch wheels contributes to the modern, cool aura. Just like the recent concept Coupé and the concept XC Coupé, the face of the concept estate is characterized by a new topography on the hood and the “floating” grille, flanked by headlights featuring new T-shaped DRL light guides. At the same time, the rear light signature is another distinctive element in Volvo cars’ new design direction.

Concept Estate hints on Volvo cars’ futuristic interior look and function

The subtle inspiration from the 1800-variant is also evident on several details inside the concept estate, such as the two-spoke steering wheel, the instrument panel and the dials. For the first time at the Geneva Motor show, Volvo’s actually showing off the interior of its Concept range. The Volvo concept estate’s most striking interior design feature is its simplicity. The traditional selection of buttons and controls have been replaced by one large tablet-like touch screen control panel in the center console, bringing the interior firmly into the 21st century. The touch screen has exclusive Volvo software to offer the driver and front occupant a unique in-car user experience. It replaces all buttons and controls except for a few crucial functions such as volume, play/pause, hazard warning and window heaters. Additionally, the touch screen is able to interact seamlessly with the digital instrument cluster.

Refined, handcrafted details, such as an instrument panel covered by thick, naturally tanned saddle leather from Tärnsjö, inlays made of waxed, naturally aged wood and machined copper details, also emphasize the exclusive Swedish atmosphere inside concept estate.

Orange seat belts, exclusive carpets by Swedish designers fulfill the Volvo Concept Estate’s interior exclusivity

Occupants in all four seats are embraced by orange seat belts, and the exclusive, woven wool carpets from the Swedish designer Kasthall have the same deep accent color. The crystal gear lever from Orrefors/Kosta Boda also has an orange glow, while the checkered black and white wool textile on the headliner and rear sides of the front seats adds playfulness to the cabin.

Edited: Volvo

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