Volvo Pulls a Tesla or Two with New Geneva-Bound Concept Estate

By Jacob Brown | February 27, 2014
First, we saw the Volvo Concept Coupe and then the Volvo XC Concept Coupe. Now, may we introduce you to the third in a trio of utterly sexy Swedes: The Volvo Concept Estate. For those of you who speak American, that means wagon. Or ridiculously good-looking wagon.
Previewing design elements that Volvo says are an indication of what we'll see on the 2015 Volvo XC90 three-row crossover utility vehicle, the Volvo Concept Estate's looks are perhaps overshadowed only by what it has on the inside. We're talking about that Tesla Model S-like large-screen infotainment system. Housing all of the functions you could ever ask for, it clears up the dashboard and looks sophisticated in its simplicity, matching the IKEA-esque design of the interior all around.
Supposedly modeled after a Scandinavian living room, the Volvo Concept Estate features orange seatbelts, woven wool carpets, crystal, wood, and even the Swedish game called "kubb" situated under glass in the load floor. Not long ago, Volvo was known more for its safety designs than its ability to catch glances, but the Concept Estate manages to do both.
Around the car, details are typically Volvo, from its Volvo P1800-style rear hatch with large, prevalent tail lights to its squared-off grille.
While it is strictly a concept with proportions similar to those of a rear-wheel-drive vehicle, the Volvo Concept Estate should give us a good indication of just what to expect as the 2015 XC90 will be the first vehicle from Volvo to usher in the company's new architecture and design language. If it looks even half as good, we'll be stoked. Check out our mega gallery or wait for more from next month's Geneva Motor Show. Source: Volvo