Volvo XC Coupe Concept vs 2015 Volvo XC90 – Concept vs Reality
Nithyanandh K, As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!
Launches in India in mid-2015.
A car usually looses some of its character when its transformed from a concept to a production model due to the watering down exercise. However sometimes a production model does good to stay pretty similar to its concept version.
The bold new family look previewed by the concept was carried over faithfully by the XC90. Of course, the bumper is watered down, the 3-D grille has been ditched in favour of a slightly larger 2-D element and the headlamps have a curvy contour on the outer edges, but the overall appeal of the front is intact. The best part is, the production model inherited the concept’s ‘Thor’s Hammer’ LED DRLs.
In profile, the difference is obviously much larger because the concept is a three-door coupe while the mass-production vehicle is a 5-door, 7-seat SUV. Despite the elongated profile, the XC90 manages to capture the XC Coupe Concept’s essence with a steeply raked A-pillar, flared wheel arches, large alloy wheels and a strongly accentuated waistline.
The rear of the production vehicle is also close to that of the concept. The sophisticated taillights have similar geometry but where the concept’s units invade the tailgate, the XC90’s lights stay away. Further, the concept’s rear windshield tapers more steeply compared to the production model.
The minimalistic yet elegant 2015 Volvo XC90 would be showcased in India early next year before going on sale in the middle of the year.