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Volvo launches concept coupe and Drive-E powertrains at Frankfurt

The continuing progress of Volvo's evolution in vehicle design and style is being put on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show with the launch of the new concept coupe.

In addition to displaying the manufacturer's new Scalable Product Architecture, coupe will demonstrate the new super-efficient four-cylinder Drive-E powertrains.

The concept car is hoped to display the new direction of Volvo and is intended to show the path of the new XC90 model which is set for release next year.

Thomas Ingenlath, senior vice president of design at Volvo Car Group, said the concept vehicle demonstrates a "confident stance", as well as the proportions and design signatures for its new architecture.

"Even though the all-new XC90 is a different type of car, you will recognise the connection instantly," he said.

Far and away from the boxy stereotype that Volvo has garnered in previous years, the concept coupe is a sleek, streamlined machine that still maintains all the class the brand typically does.

Senior vice president of product strategy and vehicle line management at Volvo Car Group Lex Kerssemakerts said: “We are creating a new product portfolio that blends a strong heritage with innovative technology and emotional design.

"Every core area is brought into a new dimension, also injecting more emotion into the rational properties that are the heart and soul of Volvo.”

The brand new concept is intended to exude all these features and provide a tangible example of how Volvo sees its models in the future.

While the new design features will set tongues wagging after first glance, there is another deeper element to the concept that demonstrates Volvo's commitment to providing top quality vehicles with reduced environmental impact.

The new Drive-E powertrains will be officially launched during the autumn of this year, but the coupe has already set out to unveil the technology.

There will be three types of engine under the two-litre, four-cylinder Drive-E family, with the the 306 hp petrol turbo T6, the 245 hp T5 and the turbo diesel D4 with 181 hp leading the way.

It has already been confirmed that the new S60, V60 and XC60 models will provide customers with a choice of these engines, while the T5 and D4 will also be found in the Volvo V70, XC70 and S80.

To provide excellent performance, fuel-efficient drivability and to deliver a smooth ride, the engines will be teamed with a new eight-speed automatic gearbox from Aisin or an enhanced six-speed manual, which is expected to deliver improved fuel economy.

With Volvo intending to use electrification to help boost CO2 efficiency and increase performance, the concept coupe has been fitted with the petrol and electric engine combo which has already proved successful.

Mr Kerssemakers said: “Our successful V60 Plug-in Hybrid has already proved that the most efficient car can be one of the most fun to drive, and the pleasure is guilt free. And today we can confirm that the new XC90 also will come a plug-in hybrid at the top of the range.”

While expected to replicate many of the features of the 60 ranges, the upcoming XC90 still remains a little bit of a mystery.

However, it is set to mimic its 60 series siblings with the addition of new infotainment technology, providing the passengers and the driver with a number of fittings to keep everyone entertained.

Furthermore, the new XC90 should see safety installations under the Sensus Connect range, including Lane Keeping Aid, which helps the driver stay in the lane by applying extra steering torque to the steering column, and the parallel parking wizard Park Assist Pilot, which can now be found in the S60 and V60 models.


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