The concept has Volvo teaming up with Swedish glassmakers at Orrefors. The glass artists have turned the center console into an objet d'art--a crystal panel that runs the length of the center stack and console, in a luxe take on the current Volvo interior design theme. The light sources appear to make the panel twinkle according to the driver's mood; the navigation screen slots beneath the uppermost portion. At its tail between the backseats, the crystal forms two drink holders (maybe for Cristal?).
"It almost looks like a waterfall from the instrument panel, flowing through the centre of the car," Volvo Cars design director Steve Mattin said in a release.
Elsewhere in the concept, a changeable gearshift stays locked in one position for automatic mode, and flips vertically into a position meant for tiptronic-style driving.
Volvo says there's no way the crystal console will be put into production, but smaller pieces could be incorporated in future cars.
In terms of mechanicals, the concept car will get a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder with start/stop technology and a driver-selectable mode than enables more fuel-efficient driving. Volvo's also updated its collision-warning system--now, it shows a visual alert if a crash is coming, and if the closing speed of the two cars involved is less than 25 km/h, the car will automatically apply braking power to prevent the accident. Neither of these features is likely for the U.S. production version.
Stay tuned for more information on the 2009 Detroit auto show--and cruise over to our 2010 Volvo S60 page for all the photography we've seen thus far.