- Volvo Concept You at the Volvo Monitoring & Concept Center
For the past 25 years, Volvo has been keeping a secret; well, a secret location, anyway. We’re talking about its Volvo Monitoring and Concept Center (VMCC) in Camarillo, California. A select group of automotive journalists were invited to the inner sanctum for the first time ever to see a preview of the Volvo Concept You vehicle before it was shown at the Los Angeles Auto show.
The Concept You debuted at the Frankfurt Auto Show in Germany, but this is its first appearance in the states. While the Concept You is a stunning example of what the talented Volvo designers are capable of creating, we also were treated to a “sneak peek” of Volvo designs to come.
While we were privy to possible iterations of the S60 and S80 future cars, we also had a chance to see what the next-generation XC90 SUV might look like. The Volvo XC90 is a great success story for Volvo. The SUV has been around for a decade now, and has enjoyed immense public success, selling upward of 86,000 units during its peak years. The XC90 also garnered over 110 international awards, including North American Truck of the Year. It also introduced the world to Roll Stability Control, inflatable side curtains for all three rows of seats, and an integrated sliding center child booster seat.
The next-gen XC90 will be built using Volvo’s SPA program, Scalable Platform Architecture, which will be the basis for the upcoming C/D platform cars/utes for Volvo. In addition, Volvo also announced that future powerplants will include four-cylinder engines only; Volvo is sending all 6- and 8-cylinder engines to the museum. But fear not, for these I4 engines will produce anywhere from 150 to 300 horsepower, and possibly up to 400 through the use of hybrids, electric power, and more.
The SPA program also means extensive use of Boron steel and aluminum, with the possibility of carbon fiber or other lightweight materials for fuel economy savings. Using these lightweight yet strong materials will help Volvo realize at least a 325-lb weight reduction per vehicle. We were fortunate enough to steal a few sketches from the Concept Center of what the 2015 model year XC90 might look like. Drop us a note and tell us which one you like best!