Volvo Concept Estate
Volvo won hands down in the arena of the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, and none of the visitors seem to question its victory. The Concept Estate has in fact even been voted the best concept car in show. And the line-up is so strong that we haven’t quite managed to take in everything we’ve seen so far.
The 3-door estate tops everything, and does so for a simple reason: it is beautiful. But not only that, its every detail is finely crafted and ornate.
Mark the name Thomas Ingelath, because in a few years’ time he will be referred to as the man responsible for having made the brand bigger than ever. It looks like the Chinese owners let the Swedes do their job and the experts of the two nations work in perfect symbiosis, as everything they have released so far is of equally high quality both form- and quality-wise.
Neither its technical data, nor its measurements have been made public yet. What is known is that it’s a plug-in hybrid and guess what, no one seems to mind that. The car seems to be the size of a Focus-Golf 7, maybe a bit wider than that, but by no means big.
The concept and the design both follow in the track of the previously introduced 3-door SUV, the Concept XC Coupe, and the beautiful Concept Coupe. The body is streamlined to the max, the shoulder line above the rear wheel gives it an incredibly masculine RWD-like look, and the details are exquisite. The curve of the door handles, the elegant mirrors and the led lights is a feast for the eyes. Even the light of the harsh spot lights in the hall seems to go soft on the brown metallic paint.
On the inside the shape and the textile-leather upholstery of the thin seats, the buttons and controls machined from solid aluminium, and the impossible and not very practical leather-bound pedals conjure up the atmosphere of a Swedish living-room. The big trick is that every element of the interior, like the dashboard, the centre console, and the seats are modular, variable and easy to produce. The biggest display is a built-in tablet, setting a good example to Tesla. This is how it’s done in style.
We are definitely looking forward to the next generation of the Volvo which will reflect Ingenlath’s taste in every aspect. The direction is right, the back-wind is strong, Volvo seems to have everything going for it at the moment.