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Volvo readies concept to preview next XC90

Volvo's new design chief, Thomas Ingenlath, who joined the brand last year after spending two decades at Volkswagen Group, styled Volvo's latest concept.
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Volvo will pull the wraps off a concept at the Detroit auto show to illustrate the direction of styling for the redesigned 2015 XC90 crossover.

The Concept XC Coupe is a crossover version of a concept coupe Volvo showed at the Frankfurt auto show in September. Volvo will replace the aging XC90 in January 2015.

The hatchback concept hints of the station wagon style that was a hallmark and mainstay of the Volvo lineup in the 1990s. The modern twist on the wagon is a sleeker vehicle with a prominent and bold rear.

It was penned by Volvo's new design chief, Thomas Ingenlath, who joined the brand last year after spending two decades at Volkswagen Group. He was most recently Skoda's chief designer,

Volvo said the crossover concept is the second of three studies that will show the brand's new design language and the capabilities of its new scalable architecture.

The hatchback concept hints of the station wagon style that was a hallmark and mainstay of the Volvo lineup in the 1990s.

The architecture will be used for Volvo's redesigned mid-sized and large vehicles. The XC90 replacement will be the first vehicle to use it.

Volvo also released a 30-second video teaser featuring the concept.

You can reach Diana T. Kurylko at dkurylko@crain.com. -- Follow Diana on Twitter


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