(autoinsidenews) - Volvo introduced its XC60 concept at the Detroit Auto Show. More than just a concept, the Volvo XC60 previews the automaker's next XC model вЂ" a compact crossover SUV вЂ" and as a way to reveal design elements that will be part of future Volvos.
In recent years we have successfully emphasized the Scandinavian characteristics that base prestige on timeless, functional elegance. Now we're elevating our design DNA to an entirely new level by literally pumping up our cars' visual volume, says Mattin. With more expressive, emotive shapes, it will be a magnet for the viewer's eyes. If a Volvo is recognizable from 100 feet away today, I want to get to the point where you will instantly spot it from twice that distance in the future, said Volvo Cars Design Director Steve Mattin, reports Trend.
The XC60 concept features a bold grille, angled positioning lights that bracket the grille, and slanted headlamps that will be seen on future Volvos. Inside, the XC60's signature floating center console panel is done in a radicial iPod white. The white iPod-inspired surface is almost like a smooth wall of snow, surrounded by a metal frame that emphasizes the asymmetrical shape. Buttons and controls are entirely integrated into the surface and the invisible screen for information and navigation appears only when it is switched on, starting up with a spectacular pulsating sequence. The screen image is back projected, which makes the center stack one of the innovative highlights of the interior, said Mattin. The four rotary controls also come to life through the start-up sequence. All other buttons are touch sensitive.
The production version of the XC60 is expected in the beginning of 2009 for the 2010 model year. While we don't expect the interior to find its way into production, we would love to see the exterior as is.