Volvo Concept Coupe Makes Official Debut at 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The Volvo Concept Coupe has made its official public debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show today.

Giving a preview of the new design direction for the Swedish automaker, the Concept Coupe is actually the first in a series of three concept cars coming from Volvo. According to the automaker, the three concepts are paving the way for the introduction of the all-new XC90 model next year.

In addition to the Concept Coupe, Volvo also announced the launch of its Drive-E powertrains, the first engines from Volvo’s new 2.0-liter, four-cylinder powertrain family which will launch this fall.

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Volvo’s strategy is to use electrification to boost performance of its engines, taking four-cylinder powerplants and moving output into V8 territory. The concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show features a high-performance gasoline engine paired with an electric motor on the rear axle, giving the Concept Coupe a total system output of 400 horsepower and over 440 lb-ft of torque. At its press conference, Volvo also confirmed that the next-generation XC90 will come with a plug-in hybrid variant at the top of the range.

“The Volvo Concept Coupé show what you can expect from our new architecture: the confident stance, the proportions and the most prominent design signatures,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President Design at Volvo Car Group. “Even though the all-new XC90 is a different type of car, you will recognize the connection instantly.”

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Jim Mc Cool Jim Mc Cool on Sep 11, 2013

    Volvo hit the nail on the head. Now lets hope they don't change a thing when this car comes into production.