Following the Concept C Coupe shown in Frankfurt, Volvo demonstrated further product aggression with the Concept XC Coupe introduced at the Detroit show. Sharing a similar, bold front end with the C Coupe, the XC is a two-door estate car or station wagon with dramatic tail lamps extending the Volvo tradition in this area. Two-door station wagons are not the most logical of vehicles, but this one looks good and would be a handsome addition to the Volvo line up. Full marks to ‘the new Volvo’ for creating these interesting concepts.
The one criticism we have for the XC is the use of grey painted trim mouldings throughout the car. Clearly this was intended to create a different look for the concept and to that extent the designers succeeded. However, we think that the “industrial plastic” look that resulted diminished the overall value of the vehicle. Properly designed, bright trim, or jewelry, goes a long way to making a vehicle look high quality, rich and appealing. The touches of orange paint on the front and rear bumpers are no substitute for tasteful brightwork.