The days where Volvo was known for only building boxy cars that were as safe as houses are merely a caption in its history books now.
Its cars are now even safer with long-term plans for no fatalities in a Volvo and all, but, most remarkable is the new styling and technological directions the carmaker has adopted.
It recently revealed two new concepts known as the 40-series to showcase these bold new elements to be found in future Volvos, as it looks set to challenge the preconceptions of the small car market.
The Swedish brand’s small car range will be available in an all-electric battery power option which it hopes to incorporate into large scale production by 2019 or a twin-engine plug-in hybrid powertrain.
The hybrid variant will be the brand’s new T5 3-cylinder petrol engine, coupled with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission.
Both models will be the firsts to be built on Volvo’s new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform, which is a flexible and interchangeable platform for different models. This will result in designers enjoying more ‘creative freedom’ to experiment with radical new ideas.