• Jan 15, 2009

Click above to view the Volvo SC90 concept in high resolution

The four-door coupe segment has been sweeping across the industry, blurring the line between sportscar and sedan with such tantalizing examples as the Aston Martin Rapide, Mercedes CLS, BMW CS concept... and heck, why not, even the Porsche Panamera (somebody probably likes it). Volvo may not be the kind of company that easily jumps on bandwagons, preferring to stick to station wagons instead, but what if the Swedish automaker that made its reputation on safety were to go head-to-head with these super-sedans? One answer could be the S60 Concept the company just unveiled in Detroit, but as much attention as that show car garnered, what you see here is an even more convincing take on the theme: meet the Volvo SC90 design study.

Conceived by Volvo designer Nouphone J. Bansasine while undertaking an internship at the company in the summer of 2007, the SC90 concept cuts a striking silhouette that only gets "more complex and fresh [on the] second read." Far more aggressive and sharply-styled than anything we've seen from Volvo before, our only beef with the SC90 is that it exists only on paper. With the company's future in jeopardy and car sales down around the world, now may not be the time to introduce a car like this... but then again, considering that the upper end of the market continues to grow, may now's the perfect time. We'll run with that one. Check out the images in the gallery and the video after the jump to see all the angles.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      "Sxx" means "sedan xx", "Vxx" means "versatile [wagon] xx", "Cxx" means "coupe xx", and "XCxx" means "cross country xx". What does "SCxx" mean?
      Also, I honestly don't think this looks as nice as the S60 concept. The S60 was beautiful; this is too angular, as the design doesn't really belong on a Volvo and doesn't have a cohesive look.
      • 6 Years Ago
      looks like Volvo stole some NSX sketches... might as well though, Honda's not using it anyways, looks damn good.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Derivative. Of course, all cars (mostly) have four wheels so that same comment can be made across the board.

      But on this car, all it needs is a leaping cat to call it a Jag.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Very Aston.... I don't see much Jag in it other than the long hood that's also very Aston...

        They should Astonize Lincoln....... and Linconlize Mercury! And well Ford is just Rockin right now so no suggestions there! Other than the Fiesta... Can you make the hood beefier please? The trend is aiming that way now already!

        So far off topic.. i know :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        it's more jaguar than jaguar.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's like a mix of Lexus LF-C (from the front and sides) and LF-A (from the back)
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Nude Love...
        Yes, it is. Ridden in one lately? Pretty bullet proof for police and taxi work, but it is completely unusable on a modern car, unless you want something that is flexy-creaky, unable to accept some current safety equipment, and unable to measure up to RWD luxury car competition.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yes, but in order to take this from a drawing to a concept car, they would need RWD archtecture, and neither Ford nor Volvo has anything to fill that bill.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Which doesn't matter because TATA owns Jag and TATA has an awesome, uber cheap, rwd platform for the nano... so all we need to do is convince Tata to buy Volvo, even though he's loosing mad cash right now, and it'll all work fine.

        Oh... Concept from 2007 it says... old news? nm.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, stupid FWD Mustangs.

        I understand that the Mustang is a two door, but it is not unheard of to lengthen a platform.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Red...I know the Interceptor was cobbled together on a stretched Mustang platform. It managed to hold that beautiful (IMHO) body up, but could not be functional in the real world. Once again, if Ford could make the Mustang platform really work for large rwd sedans, then they would have. But it was cheaper to start over, and even that was eventually determined to be too great an expense, given current priorities.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Crown Vic is RWD, innit?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Excuse me Alex, but the Mustang platform has a solid rear axle and a design that cannot be easily lengthened. Don't you think Ford would have already used the Mustang architecture, rather than starting a new and expensive RWD program (and then killing it again before it really got off the ground) if it were possible to use it for a big car? Don't ask me why they were so short-sighted as to design a new Mustang platform that could not be stretched without a total redesign. But now they are stuck with it. The new 2014 Mustang design is slated to have the same solid axle as well. Ford has nothing else RWD to use. Even the Australian RWD platform is doomed to be replaced by FWD/AWD.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Gregg,

        He never said it was easy. He said it's been done. And it has. Even Ford recently did it with the Interceptor concept. Nobody said it was necessarily easy.

        Also @ AB, I wouldn't call the Panamera a four door coupe by any stretch. I think it's more like BMW's SAV.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is fantastic. I want my 4 door coupe to have just enough back door to throw in my gym bag.

      Someone build something like this, PLEASE
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was going to come in here and say it looks derivative and not at all like a Volvo. But the more I looked at the details, the more I saw Volvo cues.

      Maybe not the lights in the rear but the way the center of the rear bumps up higher than the lights. The grill is unmistakable, but I could probably graft that onto a Quattroporte if I really wanted to. The crease running through the doors looks very similar to that on the S60 Concept; just a little more aggressive.

      I think it’s a heck of a looker. I doubt it'll go to production, but i wouldn't be upset if did.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ...with a bit of hyundai tiburon mixed in.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Most of the people who comment seem to be quite blind...

      This was done by a kid who was an intern at Volvo. No mention if he's still there now, nor if this is even on the company's yellow sticky notes.

      If were in that kid's shoes, I would be knocking on BMW's door right now. He looks like he would fit right in, and unlike the majority of other auto corps, they seem to be holding it together as well.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't care if it looks like a Jag or Aston Martin, it looks HOT.
      • 6 Years Ago
      drool
      • 6 Years Ago
      The thing I like least about it is that it's not real.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just reminds me of the Aston from the curves of the roof.
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