The smart and sensible Swedes over at Volvo have completed the final stage of their concept car trilogy with the introduction of the Concept Estate. The Concept Estate follows the public unveil of two other rakish concept cars from Volvo, the Concept Coupe from the Frankfurt Motor Show and the Concept XC Coupe from the Detroit Auto Show.
From the high beltline downwards, the Concept Estate is nearly identical to the Concept Coupe. The two cars have the same rectangular grille and the same headlights with a T-shaped light pattern. However the estate features a shooting-brake style body, wide hips and Volvo’s signature waterfall-style taillights. Volvo says the car has borrowed design cues and styling elements from the iconic Volvo 1800 ES of the 1970s, which also had a shooting-brake styled body.
“The 1800-models are iconic Volvos, renowned for their beautiful forms and detailing,” Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President Design at Volvo Car Group said in a statement. “ However, using elements from their exterior and interior has nothing to do with being retro. We are using these subtle links to a glorious past to create a future in which sheer beauty becomes a recognized part of Volvo’s identity.”
What’s more, the inside of the Concept Estate is jam-packed with the type of Swedish style that no other brand could replicate. There is a unique patterned material lining the seat backs and roof liner, accented by some contrasting orange seat belts and white leather. The unique cabin is brought together with naturally-aged wood dashboard inserts and brushed aluminum dashboard accents.
Volvo has yet to mention what engine will sit underneath the Concept Estate’s hood, but knowing Volvo, were expecting something turbocharged. Be sure to check back for more information on the Concept Estate as it makes its official debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.