• Dec 13th 2006 at 3:27PM
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Volvo's giving us a little treat in releasing these pictures of the XC60 concept SUV, which they'll be showing in a few weeks at the Detroit show. While strictly dubbed a concept show car, the kid brother to the XC90 is expected to go into production in 2009. How closely it mirrors this shapely showcar is the question.

The exterior styling clearly takes on Ford Europe's latest "kinetic" design language, following along the lines (so to speak) of the Ford Iosis concepts, among others. And those lines mark a radical departure from the comparatively conservative styling production Volvos employ, and what was previously expected to continue with the XC60 as well. To compete with the increasingly crowded premium compact SUV segment, that could be just what Volvo needs to cut ahead of the pack. The interior, meanwhile, is very i, Robot ...tres slick, but don't expect much to carry over to production aside from the modern trademark Volvo floating console-dash panel.

Not much is known about the mechanicals on this concept, but we do know it's based on the platform of the Land Rover LR2 (a.k.a. Freelander 2, as opposed to the LR3/Discovery).

Follow the jump for more images.

[Source: Volvo via Carscoop]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      why this is called SUV or even CUV? without inch or two of land clearance it would be typical European B segment car, something like A3 sportback. I mean, it's fine car but it lacks the "outdoor look". Even Tiguan looks more stporty
      • 8 Years Ago
      Boy, they're running out of things to do with those vertical taillights
      • 8 Years Ago
      America would/will eat this up but how will this design be recieved in Europe sitting next to a Ford Contour station wagon (estate) at a traffic light?

      P.S. - designers, please start spending as much time on the interiors as the exteriors. The interior on this concept make little sense. Unless that top panel is supposed to be a touch-sensitive lcd panel, it makes little sense - and the gauge package is a joke right?
      • 8 Years Ago

      No reason to call me an idiot. I hope your brother designed the interior or something - otherwise the sore spot I hit on you with my disdain for the interior needs to be checked out with a medical professional. Just because we're on the internet and are anonymous doesn't excuse us from manners

      Further, as long as you're telling everyone to read the article, I invite you to re-read my comment especially the part about 'Unless the top panel is a touch sensitive lcd panel...'.

      Even so, I have a hard time seeing this type of interior seeing mass production any time in the next 5-7 years. As such, on a 'concept' so obviously close to production, it is completely useless and too pie in the sky in such a vehicle.

      Don't worry, I'm sure your brother will be fine...
      • 8 Years Ago
      So this is a C1 based platform, because it looks similar to the Mazda CX-7 and Mazda CX-7 Adrenaline. They share similar lines and contours, just look at the angle of that windshield.
      • 8 Years Ago
      wouldn't this make an awesome 2010 Ford Escape?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I guess I'm the only one here who likes this. I completely realize it wouldn't work in this form as a production car (that console would never fly) but I like the idea.

      A completely digital console could be an extremely interesting concept, given the amount of customization and variation it could offer. Obviously would require some tweaking and durability testing to see how it flies in the real world.

      As for how this thing looks on the outside, I'm sensing Ford Mondeo accents. Personally I don't care how much the Volvo "look" is altered so long as the car is reliable and safe. I've never been a fan of the old boxy Volvo look.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I meant C segment...like focus
      • 8 Years Ago
      looks GREAT, but again LATE.

      Mazda, Honda, Lexus, BMW, Benz all have these feminine, smooth, small SUVs.

      Plus i read BMW will comeout with a smaller SUV, plus VW and Audi will.

      This is exactly what is wrong with Ford...........GREAT CAR, but it is way way way too late.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I tend to think of these vehicles as simply wagons, and I've tended to look unkindly on SUVs when the brand has a perfectly good wagon in the line up such as MBW or Mazda. My thinking being: Why have the high center of gravity if your not going off-road, and if you are going off-road, why have a crossover?

      But I talked to a couple who lived in the mountains who told me that they were looking for something to replace their Volvo wagon because they needed more ground clearance when the snow gets thick on the road. With that point taken, I can look a little more kindly to this.

      I'm hoping the front end is just badly drawn. I think the graphics of the center stack is just concept frippery, but there is some production potential in the shape and trim ideas.

      • 8 Years Ago
      It's a wonder my keyboard hasn't shorted out from all the drool...
      • 8 Years Ago
      This concept is OK but I'd prefer the one in the "previously expected" link. I think the XC90 is still one of the best exterior designs in its class.The XC60 was thought to be a shrunken version of it. Stay with what works. I'm hard pressed to believe that this is a scandanavian design. They've kept some of the volvo cues but I can't see volvo producing something like this.

      I also have to agree that 2009 is very late; not too late because they'll get to see what EVERYONE else has done. However, by 2009 they'll probably be staring at a 2nd generation BMW X3, Audi Q5, Acura RDX, Land Rover LR3, Mercedes GLK, and likely offerings from the American luxury brands and Lexus. I say thats a pretty slow reaction to market conditions. I've owned an XC90 and wish I would've kept it. I think the new S80 and C30 look great. I have to agree with eed. Ford, let Volvo be Volvo.
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