The third in the Volvo Concept series is the 2014 Volvo Estate Concept which made its debut on March 6th, 2014 at the Geneva Motor Show.
This futuristic and imposing concept wagon is the shooting brake version of the 2013 Concept Coupe, the first concept car in this widely acclaimed and award-winning series.
For the first time, the highly advanced technology and the ultra-chic look of the 2014 Estate Concept interior, mirrors the design of Volvo's much-anticipated new model, the XC90 SUV, which is set to debut later this year.
Inspired by the classic and iconic design of the Volvo 1800 ES, launched in 1972, the new Estate Concept boasts an exotic, vivid and elegant interior with orange accents, exquisite detailing, and authentic Swedish materials.
Engine & Performance
Below the beltline, the Volvo Estate Concept is similar to the 2013 Concept Coupe. It comes with a 2.0 liter, four cylinder petrol engine from the Swedish manufacturer's new engine family known as "Volvo Engine Architecture" (VEA).
Its rear wheels are driven by an electric motor, making this all-new concept car a plug-in hybrid just like its predecessor.
The Estate Concept boasts a sleek silhouette, a long and wide stance, full-length, modern roof with see-through panes and an all-glass hatch-like tailgate echoing the all-glass rear hatch of the iconic Volvo 1800 ES.
The front grille and low bonnet of this dynamic three-door station wagon is flanked by an innovative, thin headlight that feature T-shaped DRL light guides.
The conspicuous contrast between the shiny 5-spoke, 21-inch wheels and the dark brown pear color of the exterior adds a cool and stylish touch to the exterior design.
Another distinctive feature of the exterior design is the rear light signature.
Volvo places an unprecedented emphasis on the interior. They combine simplicity with 21st century technology. The innovative, tech-forward and spectacular dashboard of this concept car (which is also be a key feature of the coming XC90 SUV) aligns navigation, media, weather controls and phone all in one place.
According to Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President of Design for Volvo Cars, "â€¦eliminating traditional buttons and replacing them with a single digital cluster, an iPad-like touch screen control panel positioned in the center console, we have created a digital environment that is fully integrated in this concept car."
In addition, you receive extra space behind the front seats, the four modern bucket seats feature vividly colored and chic orange seatbelts that provide a contrast with the lightly colored Bridge of Wear leather incorporated in the seats.
This contrast, contributes to the bright and comfortable feeling of a Swedish living room.
The exclusive wool carpets with matching sport orange tones are designed by Kasthall, while the checkered black-and white wool material on the rear of the front seats add a bit of playfulness.
The crystal gear lever designed by Orrefors/Kosta Boda emits an auburn glow. Another innovative feature is the specially designed Swedish "cub" game set, visible through the load floor and whose rules are printed on the transparent floor.