Like the previous two concepts, the Concept Estate draws on the heritage of Volvo’s iconic P1800 from the 1960s and ’70s, with the Concept Estate drawing in particular from the 1800 ES coupe station wagon of 1972.
The likeness is part of a fresh design language being created by Volvo’s recently-appointed design chief Thomas Ingenlath to go with Volvo’s new Scalable Platform Architecture. This architecture allows for short overhangs and easily adjusted proportions, with the only real restriction being the length between the front axle and
"The 1800-models are iconic Volvos, renowned for their beautiful forms and detailing," says Ingenlath. "However, using elements from their exterior and interior has nothing to do with being retro. We are using these subtle links to a glorious past to create a future in which sheer beauty becomes a recognized part of Volvo’s identity."
The Concept Estate’s low bonnet, sleek silhouette and glass roof all contribute to the
Subtle inspiration from the 1800-models is also evident on several details inside the Concept Estate, such as the two-spoke steering wheel, the instrument panel and the dials. But perhaps the most striking feature of the Concept Estate’s interior design is its simplicity. The traditional selection of buttons and controls on the centre stack has been replaced by a single large tablet-like touchscreen control panel, bringing the interior firmly into the 21st century.
In terms of materials, Volvo says the Concept Estate was designed to provide "the feel of a Scandinavian living room," with details including an instrument panel covered by saddle leather from Tärnsjö, inlays made of naturally aged waxed wood, and machined copper details. One detail in the Concept Estate that seems unlikely to make it into any production
It’s certainly an attention-getting detail, and indeed Volvo’s concept cars have been capturing plenty of attention at the auto shows, as they provide the first significant clues as to how the new XC90 SUV and subsequent cars will look. The XC90 is due to be launched later this year.
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