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Volvo Concept Recharge has some big changes in store

Don't worry, those sweet LED headlights are still here.

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Volvo unveiled the Concept Recharge on Wednesday as part of its Tech Moment press event, previewing how Volvo intends to reinvent the way it makes cars.

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The design language is new, but it's not like the Volvo Concept Recharge looks like nothing that's come before it.    

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There are plenty of Volvo's design staples in here, like the "Thor's Hammer" headlight design and traditional vertical taillights.

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Concept Recharge was designed as an EV from the outset, which means the interior can undergo some radical reinvention.     

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A flat load floor hides the EV's battery, and a lack of related mechanicals means the seats can be positioned lower, which means the roof and hood can be lowered.     

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The materials that adorn the various interior panels are sustainably sourced, and the wood trim is backlit for a more interesting nighttime profile.    

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In the second row, the bottoms of each seat can move up or down, acting as a built-in booster seat for children.     

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Mounted atop the windshield is a new lidar sensor, which ties into Volvo's recent announcement that it will be adding lidar to the XC90's successor to further improve its driver-assistance systems.

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Some of this could appear in models as early as 2022, when Volvo intends to unveil its all-electric flagship successor to the XC90.

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