Volvo's new concept is an unabashed attempt to gauge public reaction to a new large sedan from the Swedish carmaker. With each succession of this concept, Volvo will solicit consumer opinion to come up with the most desirable car.
The You concept is Volvo's follow-up to its Universe concept, the latter unveiled at the Shanghai auto show. Volvo is using these successive concepts to gauge public opinion over a new flagship sedan for the company.
The front of the car gets a typical Volvo grille, but the whole front end is more rounded than you would expect from a Volvo. Around the hood is an odd, horseshoe-shaped rise. The headlights are LEDs, a concept touch now but possible on a future production vehicle, as pricing for this technology lowers.
As a flagship sedan, any production vehicle based on the You would displace the current S80. The current S80 comes with either a 3.2-liter inline six-cylinder engine, or a turbocharged version of the same. Expect a replacement sedan to use similar engine technology.
The doors open carriage-style, allowing easy access to individual seats in the front and rear rows. The seats, similar to many concept cars seen at the Frankfurt show, use a thin design that takes up less cabin space than current seats.
Volvo exploits tablet technology in the You concept's cabin. The center display is a touch screen with tabletlike icons. An LCD in the instrument cluster shows route guidance information or other infotainment features.