Today Volvo announced their new concept car, the Volvo Concept Estate. Where the Volvo Concept Coupé was a remake of the legendary Volvo P1800, Volvo’s newest concept car is a remake of the Volvo 1800ES, a shooting brake version of the Volvo 1800-series, although Volvo never marketed the 1800ES as a shooting brake. The newest prototype is launched to show the new design direction of Volvo, which will be introduced on production versions like the new XC90. In fact: the new XC90 will have Volvo’s newest design philosophy and I think (based on the glass window of the Concept XC Coupe and the Concept Estate) the XC90 will have a rear that’s inspired on the Concept Estate. Just like the Concept Coupe and Concept XC Coupe the Concept Estate will be build on the SPA platform.
Just like the Volvo Concept Coupé the 1800 ES remake has several design details that directly refers to the P1800ES, like the glass rear window and boot, higher door lines at the rear of the door, the side windows and some details (like the chrome trims around the grille and headlamps) that also can be found on the Volvo 1800-series. And the interior and dashboard are actually a modern version of the beautiful P1800 interior and is almost the same as the interior and dash of the Volvo Concept Coupé.
Small detail: the badge on the rear of the car says Concept ES (instead of Concept Estate). Seems Volvo originally wanted to call the car Volvo Concept ES but for some reasons the name Estate is used.
Images of the new Volvo Concept Estate (click on it and it will open as a larger version in a new window/tab):
The Volvo Concept Estate will be launched at the Geneva Motorshow 2014, starting on March 6 2014.