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.
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 through 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. '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.'
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 scan 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 at 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 Ford Motor Co., Volvo's corporate parent.