Volvo Concept Estate Revealed Ahead of Geneva Debut


Overhauled interior the focus of this gorgeous-looking Swedish wagon.

Following the Concept Coupe in Frankfurt and the Concept XC Coupe in Detroit, the third in a trio of Volvo concepts will be on show in Geneva next week in the shape of the Volvo Concept Estate. Pointing towards the new XC90 that will debut at the Paris Motor Show in October, the wagon concept is being used to offer a glimpse into the interior design of the next generation of Volvos. “The basic idea is to organize controls and information in a perfectly intuitive and user-friendly way,” said Volvo design boss Thomas Ingenlath.

“Everything is exactly where you’d expect it to be, making the drive more enjoyable, efficient and safe.” A clean, uncluttered cabin has the bare minimum of switchgear, a large center console-mounted tablet with touchscreen controls for the infotainment, heating and other major functions. It is also linked to the digital instrument cluster that displays important drive information. The new XC90 will feature a similar layout that also includes more controls on the unique two-spoke steering wheel. Inspiration for the Concept Estate’s design comes from the early 1970’s Volvo 1800 ES, and showcases the design language future Volvo wagons – the V60 or V70 – will take.

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The sexy three-door evolves the design language introduced on Volvo’s previous two concepts with a floating grille, T-shaped headlamps, glass panoramic roof and low hood. Inside, the four-seat cabin is inspired by a Scandinavian living room (minus the fireplace) with orange seatbelts, wool carpets, natural wood and leather.