Volvo 40.1 and 40.2 concept cars revealed

Volvo has announced that a new Compact Modular Architecture will underpin its next-generation '40' series cars. The just-unveiled 40.1 and 40.2 concepts – an SUV and a saloon respectively – offer a glimpse of how two members of the range might look.

According to Thomas Ingenlath, Volvo's Senior Vice President for Design, “They have an energy, a disruptive and engaging urban character that makes them stand out among the crowd.”

Volvo Concept 40.2 (2016) Front Side

While the styling is intended to be eye-catching, some of the planned powertrains are more consequential.

As well as a pure electric version, Volvo is developing a Twin Engine plug-in hybrid. This combines a three-cylinder petrol engine, an electric motor, a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and front-wheel drive.

Both variants should be important models for Volvo, given the brand's objective to sell one million electrified cars by 2025. They're due to arrive at dealers during 2017.

Volvo Concept 40.1 (2016) Rear SideVolvo Concept 40.1 (2016) Front Side

Volvo Concept 40.2 (2016) SideVolvo Concept 40.2 (2016) Rear Side

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