Volvo Car Corp. unveiled its Adventure Concept Car, a more trucklike version of its V70 Cross Country.
Volvo also showed its Safety Concept Car, which has see-through A-pillars as its most distinctive feature.
The Adventure Concept Car hints at the appearance of a sport wagon scheduled to be introduced in about two years. Considering Volvo's latest badging scheme, a logical badge for the more trucklike hybrid wagon would be V90 Cross Country, but Volvo officials would not say.
The new hybrid shares Volvo's large-car platform with the V70 Cross Country, the V70 wagon, the S80 sedan and the S60 sedan.
Volvo will solicit public comments on the concept car via computer monitors at the Detroit show.
"We are naturally hoping to create a solid commercial base for our introduction," said Dieter Laxy, head of marketing, sales and service, in a written comment.
"It is therefore important to hear the views and comments of our customers while we still have time to make precision adjustments to the product."
Peter Horbury, chief designer, said the concept car design is not as "macho" as many other sport-utility designs.
"We prefer to talk about masculine appearance, a design that creates a sense of security," he said in written comments. "This is important in view of the fact that many SUV buyers are women who like the feeling of safety and control."
The new hybrid concept car has a strong cab-forward design and a big, beefy front bumper.
While the Adventure Concept Car is a new segment for Volvo, the Volvo Safety Car gets back to Volvo's core identity as a leader in safety technology.
Key to the safety car is a "fixed eye position" system of infrared sensors. The sensors "look" at the driver's face and find the driver's eyes. The system automatically positions the seat, steering wheel, mirrors, pedals and even the shift lever so the driver's eyes are just the right height.
The driver has to be in position to see through the specially shaped cutouts in the A-pillars. "There is virtually no blind spot," said David Wagner, safety engineer for parent Ford Motor Co., at a press conference Sunday in Southfield, Mich.