Thomas Ingenlath on the Volvo Concept XC Coupé design

Concept Cars 8 Jan 2014
Thomas Ingenlath on the Volvo Concept XC Coupé design

The official statements and an interview with Thomas Ingenlath on the design of the Volvo XC Coupé, the compact crossover thatwill debut at the Detroit Show.


Below we report some comments and an official Q&A interview with says Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President Design at Volvo Car Group. For more details on the Concept XC Coupé check our today’s coverage and the previous article.

Volvo Concept XC Coupe

Q&A with Thomas Ingenlath

Thomas Ingenlath and the Volvo Concept XC CoupeYour design direction is based on the core virtues of Scandinavian Design. What’s the connection for Volvo Concept XC?

“Outdoor activities are an important part of the Swedish lifestyle. Your leisure time is dedicated to enjoying life. And your Volvo must of course support this desire. Our XC models express this by blending expressive style, generous functionality, All Wheel Drive capability and world-class safety.”

“We will continue to refine Volvo’s strong connection to outdoor activities with more emphasis on modern materials. It’s about making functionality an emotional experience.

Just like high-tech sport gear, our cars will blend attractive design and sophistication with strength and intelligent capability.”

Can safety really be fun?

“Being protected is a good feeling. Having the right gear – in this case the car – builds peace of mind and confidence. This in turn enables you to fully enjoy your drive and your adventure.”

Volvo Concept XC Coupe

“This is perfectly in harmony with our human-centric approach and exceptionally strong heritage. It is exciting to create a new design expression that supports established brand values as well as the repositioning towards a more emotional, distinctive premium brand.”

How does the aim to be a world-leader in safety affect you and the design team?

“The new architecture liberates both us and the engineers from the limitations of previous cross-brand platforms. SPA enables us to create the great proportions that are important to achieve a premium look. The engineers can solve the safety challenges with a more extensive use of high-strength boron steel and a new ingenious electrical architecture.

Which are the most the most prominent new design signatures?

Volvo Concept XC Coupe - Design Sketch

“Every strong brands needs a set of visual keys that makes it unique. Future Volvos will be characterised by the distinctive iron mark in the floating grille, flanked by the T-shaped DRL lights. The larger bonnet with its new topography, the beltline spanning an elegant bow along the whole car and the sharpened shoulder connecting with the new rear light are other important design signatures. They all contribute to the confident stance. The overall simplicity, both exterior and interior, has a strong connection to the Scandinavian lifestyle.”

Volvo Concept XC Coupe

Volvo Concept XC today, the all-new XC90 in 2014. How similar are they?

“Volvo Concept XC in another demonstration of what our new architecture is capable of. It brings us a bit closer to the all-new XC90. But it goes without saying that a three-row, seven-seater will have a larger and fuller look than this four-seater. Volvo Concept XC is more of a Cross Country version of a sleek sports wagon.”

Thomas Ingenlath’s comments on the Concept XC Coupé

Volvo Concept XC Coupe

“Concept XC Coupe […] shows how clever engineering makes it possible for us to reinforce our world-leading safety without compromising design, size or weight. Thanks to extensive use of high-strength boron steel and structures with new, ingenious decoupling we can make SPA cars more compact and safer at the same time.”

Volvo Concept XC Coupe

“Those who love gravity sports freely seek new thrills and challenges. To ensure that they make it back in one piece they prefer high performance gear that offers the ultimate sense of freedom and protection.”

“Volvo Concept XC Coupe is perfectly in tune with this active lifestyle. Its capability and protection is cleverly integrated into the sophisticated looks. The XC is ready and willing to bring you into the adventure zone and back.”

“Enjoying a car with great power and capabilities, at the same time as you are safe and protected, gives a great feeling of joy and freedom.”

(Source: Volvo)

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