To be introduced in 2010, the next-generation Volvo S60
presents a smooth evolution of the current vehicle's "coupe-inspired" silhouette. Sigh. It seems every automaker is calling its sedan a coupe these days, but in the case of the S60
, we'll buy a little bit of the hype, as their recent vehicles and concepts (excepting the bland S80
) meld refreshing elegance with the sedan form. The S60
concept, to be on display at Detroit's NAIAS in January, will preview the style of the new sedan.
Claiming inspiration from "the Swedish costline's cliffs and seas," Volvo designers add new "shoulders" resembling a double wave from the headlamps all the way to the taillamps on the S60
concept. "An exciting blend of drama and sensuality," says Volvo Cars' design director Steve Mattin.
The interior is said to be even more daring, but we hope they keep Volvo's straightforward sense of function combined with a healthy dose of elegance that their recent interiors have become noted for. We're certain the Orrefors crystal floating center stack that goes from the instrument panel to the rear seat backrest won't make it into production, though Mattin does claim that you "may well see interior features in crystal-like materials in the future."
Volvo, predictably, promises to retain its dedication to safety in the next-gen S60
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