Volvo Concept XC Coupe teased

11 Dec, 2013 8:31am Jonathan Burn

Volvo has released three teaser images and a video of the Concept XC Coupe, which points at a new SUV design direction

This is the new Volvo Concept XC Coupe, a design study that gives us a glimpse in to the future styling of the manufacturer's SUVs and estates. The concept doesn’t directly preview a production model but it will be showcased at the Detroit Motor Show in January.

The aerial shot of the XC shows it to be a more sports-inspired three-door crossover model, while at the rear the familiar shape of the tail lamps give it reference to models such as the XC90 and XC60.

The front end almost mirrors that of the Volvo Coupe Concept revealed back in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Concept XC Coupe follows on from that, and Volvo has told us to expect one more concept following the same design language. We were told that this will also ‘showcase how the company’s famous safety technology as well as a contemporary Scandinavian active lifestyle could be integrated into the new architecture’.

That architecture in question is Volvo's SPA,  first featured on the Concept Coupe at Frankfurt but which will eventually underpin larger models from the S60 upwards. It will also feature on the new XC90, which is on sale next year.

Alongside the new platform, Volvo will also introduce a whole new range of downsized 2.0-litre four-cylinder engines. The powertrains will replace the current engine range and are made up of just one direct-injection petrol and one common-rail diesel motor. Volvo will use a combination of supercharging, turbocharging and hybrid technology to vary power output, with the diesel ranging from 118bhp to 227bhp and the petrol from 138bhp to over 300bhp.