The Volvo Coupe Concept vaporizes your memories of boxy mom cars, recalls P1800

the volvo coupe concept vaporizes your memories of boxy mom cars recalls p1800 130830 2 1
Volvo Coupe Concept

After a few teaser shots, Volvo has officially unveiled the full specs and photos of its latest Coupe Concept vehicle, which is slated for an in-the-flesh debut at the Frankfurt auto show. And if you were wondering: yes, this is Volvo’s 21st century answer to the iconic P1800 of the 1960s. This one, however, is no Saint.

The all-new concept, which is the first of three in a series that will be unveiled, is based upon Volvo’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform. Despite its sporting looks, the Coupe shares the same platform as the XC90 SUV set for unveil in 2014.

“The Volvo Concept Coupe is no futuristic dream car. It is designed to demonstrate the capability of our new architecture: the confident stance, the proportions and the most prominent design structures,” said Senior Vice President of Design Thomas Ingenlath in a prepared statement.

“Think about the powerful calmness of a lion. He doesn’t have to prowl to radiate respect. Even lying down he shows very clearly what he is capable of,” Ingenlath added. While I understand his point, equating your car to the power of a cat at rest is less than exciting. But, really, what can you expect from Volvo? It still no Jaguar.

130806_2_1

On the interior beats a high-tech heart. Volvo added a portrait touch-screen to the dashboard much like the big screen in the Tesla Model S. This screen interacts with the heads-up and adaptive digital displays throughout the cabin. With the Coupe Concept, Volvo is keen to show its dedication to safe and and enjoyable cars.

In terms of safety, Volvo says the SPA-based cars are set up for full autonomous driving, which will be out on the roads before 2020.

As for powertrain, Volvo has fitted the Coupe with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain centered around a 2.0-liter supercharged and turbocharged gasoline four-cylinder and an electric motor in the rear axle. Total system power output is rated at 400 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque.

Although I have a soft spot in my heart for slow, boxy Volvos of old, I am glad to see Volvo competing with the likes of the Cadillac Elmiraj in both bodylines and pure power.

130828_2_1
Cars

This 717-horsepower Dodge Charger is the ultimate family sedan

The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat gets a 10-horsepower boost, but only for a limited-edition model. The special Charger commemorates the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona -- one of the wildest American muscle cars.
Cars

2020 Honda Civic hatchback keeps the manual-transmission faith

The 2020 Honda Civic hatchback was treated to a subtle exterior facelift. Honda also expanded the availability of both the manual transmission and 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
Cars

2019 Audi E-Tron is the first electric car to earn top IIHS safety rating

The 2019 Audi E-Tron is the first electric car to earn an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating. But the IIHS hasn't tested the Audi's two main rivals -- the Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model X.
News

UPS partners with TuSimple to test self-driving semi-trucks

UPS has been carrying truckloads of goods in self-driving semi-trucks since May. The vehicles are being tested in Arizona routes between Phoenix and Tucson for better service and efficiency for UPS delivery.
Cars

Vintage Electric readies the Roadster Speed Merchant, a souped-up ebike

Vintage Electric introduced the latest in its line of retro-styled premium performance ebikes for fall 2019. The Vintage Roadster gets styling cues from board track racing motorcycles and its power from a 1,123-watt battery.
Cars

Bored with stock? The best tuner cars are begging to be modified

Modification has been around almost as long as the automobile itself. Here are some of the best tuner cars you can find, ranging from American muscle standouts to Japanese drift cars.
Cars

Infiniti’s Formula One-inspired Project Black S may enter production

The Infiniti Project Black S is a Q60 luxury coupe enhanced with a Formula One-inspired hybrid powertrain. The 563-horsepower car can sprint from zero to 62 mph in under four seconds, according to Infiniti.
Cars

Toyota raises the curtain on 2020 Corolla Nightshade Editions

The 2020 Toyota Corolla SE sedan and hatchback with a CVT (continuously variable transmission) will be available in Nightshade Editions, joining the Toyota 4Runner, Camry, Highlander, and Sienna with the blacked-out trim style option.
Cars

Here’s why your Uber or Lyft car always seems to be a Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry is one of the most popular cars sold in the United States, and not just with retail buyers. Uber and Lyft drivers love the Camry for its reliability, according to a new report.
Cars

The electric Volkswagen ID Buggy makes even Ferrari drivers stop and stare

Volkswagen traveled to the 2019 Geneva Auto Show to introduce an electric dune buggy named ID Buggy, and Digital Trends drove it in California. It's a modern-day tribute to the 1960s Meyers Manx.
Cars

Infiniti will take on BMW and Mercedes-Benz with its own crossover coupe

Launching in 2020, the Infiniti QX55 will be a crossover coupe similar to models that have proven successful for BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Infiniti said the QX55 will have styling influenced by its early 2000s FX.
Cars

Limited-edition Subaru BRZ tS returns for 2020, WRX and STI get minor tweaks

Subaru performance cars remain mostly unchanged for the 2020 model year. The big news is the return of the limited-edition Subaru BRZ tS sports car, with production capped at 300 units.
Cars

The Bugatti Centodieci is only possible because of the latest design tech

Bugatti is celebrating its 110th birthday by releasing a limited-edition hypercar named Centodieci. It's based on the Chiron, but its engine makes 1,600 horsepower, and it's a tribute to the EB110 released during the 1990s.
Cars

Discover the engineering Easter eggs in the new 2020 Ford Explorer

The 2020 Ford Explorer received a ground-up overhaul, with major changes that include a new hybrid powertrain option. But even the engineering details of the new Explorer are worth checking out.