Volvo Concept Recharge revealed as a next-gen roomy SUV


Minimalist and roomy. What more do you want homie?

Volvo Cars has revealed a new electric vehicle concept which it simply calls ‘Concept Recharge’, which is gonna be the first of the company’s next-generation of fully electric cars. Unlike the XC40 Recharge and the C40 Recharge which are based on an ICE-powered version, the Concept Recharge is gonna be a dedicated electric vehicle.

Which means the vehicle will be built on a new electric-only platform, enabling a flat floor and therefore a more roomy cabin. Also, notice the insanely long wheelbase. Although the concept looks like a strange mix of a station wagon and an MPV, Volvo wants you to consider this as an SUV.

Our Concept Recharge represents a manifesto for the all-electric future of Volvo Cars, as well as a new type of vehicle. It displays new and modern proportions that go hand-in-hand with increased versatility and shows what technology can enable in terms of design. — Robin Page, head of design

There’s an interesting feature on the front fascia. Yes, I’m talking about those Thor’s Hammer headlights; these are the latest iteration and the running lights (horizontal ones) split open and hide altogether to reveal the main headlights. You gotta watch the video to understand how it works. However, it remains to be seen if these headlights make it to the production model. The taillights have got a simple animation.

As mentioned, the flat floor offers acres of space inside and the minimalistic theme further enhances the sense of space. The lack of a central tunnel means the entire space between the front seats can be used to store things. The seats themselves look pretty interesting; if you open up the image, you can notice audio controls on the headrests for integrated Bowers & Wilkins speakers. The minimalistic dashboard is dominated by a 15-inch portrait-style touchscreen — powered by Android Automotive OS with Google Assistant, Google Maps and Google Play built-in.

In case you didn’t notice already, the roof of the vehicle has a neatly integrated LiDAR sensor system for autonomous driving in the future.

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