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Volvo Concept Estate Is the Future at Geneva

The future looks brilliant for Volvo, the Concept Estate revealed last week showing us exactly what to expect from the Swedes in the following years. Part of a bigger picture, made up of 3 different Concepts, the Estate showed up at the Geneva Motor Show today, this time with its tongue out.
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We’re kidding, of course, but we actually caught the car with its front grille sticking out and some wires exposed, not looking too pretty. It seems like the engineers are tweaking it to handle the 12 days of commotion that will follow.

In typical Volvo fashion, the Estate Concept will introduce the new Volvo wagons, actually previewing the new XC90 that will be launched in the near future.

The design takes into account the past of the company but also looks into the future, introducing new elements such as LEDs alongside older cues like the front grille and the shape of the taillights.

At the moment, we don’t have too many official photos of the interior from Geneva, as the car was pretty well protected and we couldn’t get too close, but you can tell that the Concept is already featuring the new in-car infotainment system that will be drastically improved, migrating to a tablet-like interface. Touch sensitive surfaces will go all around while the dash has naturally aged wood ornaments to give it a more refined feel.

The steering wheel’s design hints at the ones used on older 1800 models, cars that have long been considered some of the best looking automobiles ever made. Materials used on the inside of the cabin include thick, naturally tanned saddle leather from Tärnsjö, inlays made of waxed, naturally aged wood and machined copper.

Of course, the production model will not be an exact image of the concept. Out of the plethora of impressive features we’ll be lucky if we’ll see the infotainment implemented in the exact same way and some of the materials used available as optional features.

However, the most important part of the new generation will be the engines and transmission choices. The company will have to drastically improve all of them to keep up with the market, even downsizing and changing the available automatic transmissions to make sure they can cope with the ever tightening regulations of the EU and other markets, worldwide.

Even so, Volvo proved over and over again that it can and it will manage, even in the hardest of times. Hopefully, the new cars will keep a lot of the Concepts in production guise.

 
 
 
 
 

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