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THE VOLVO S60 CONCEPT INTERIOR - A CELEBRATION OF SCANDINAVIAN DESIGN

 

With the interior of the Volvo S60 Concept, Volvo Cars' design director Steve Mattin and his team are displaying a variety of new ideas. "You could say that we are showing the road we would like to take in the future. This interior is without doubt the most exclusive we have ever created," says Steve Mattin.

 

When the parallelogram doors finish their high-tech display, they reveal an interior packed with exciting details, all of which together create a Scandinavian fresh light feeling. In the middle of the four-seater car sits the floating centre stack made out of handmade, solid Orrefors crystal. It floats like a gentle wave from the instrument panel all the way to the rear seat backrest. "It resembles a waterfall that flows down from the instrument panel and then courses along the middle of the car's interior," says Steve Mattin.


The crystal panel appears to float above the centre stack's practical functions. It is partially framed by polished aluminium trim and is cushioned on rubber pads. With the help of invisible light sources, the crystal's shimmering glow can be tailored to match the driver's mood.


"If you want to explore the full scope of Scandinavian design, Sweden's glassworks are a natural source of inspiration. What is more, large glass panels are a central part of the very openness that characterises modern Swedish architecture," explains Steve Mattin.

 

Creativity and functionality

Although the material in the centre stack radiates artistic freedom, the functions that are integrated have been thought through in detail.

  • Beside the driver's seat, the crystal console cuts straight through the instrument panel and its upper section forms a navigation screen at the precise height of the driver's combined instrument.
  • At the bottom, the four iconic rotating controls protrude from elegant matt-polished recesses in the glass panel. In the middle there is a removable remote control.
  • The gear selector has an entirely new, flexible design. In the horizontal standby position the car changes gear automatically. If the driver is in the mood for changing gear manually, the lever can be flipped up into the vertical position. Beside the gear selector there is also an integrated starter button and parking brake.
  • The centre console runs all the way to the rear seat backrest, and under the crystal panel between the individual seats there are two drinks holders that elegantly slide out when required.

"We've put the focus on ergonomics and safety. With the combined instrument at the same height as the navigation screen, all it takes is a horizontal eye movement to switch between the sources of information. Another example is that the controls used when you start and stop driving are a few centimetres from each other near the gear selector," explains Steve Mattin.

 

Driver-oriented environment

The entire driver's environment has been designed to provide good visibility and convenient control. The driver is backed up by logical instruments, easily accessible controls and sophisticated technology that monitors the surrounding traffic, ready to alert the driver in the event of danger. The combined instrument is similar in design to the unit in the Volvo XC60 Concept. It resembles a bumble-bee with a round speedometer as the "body" flanked by two digital "wings" provides all the other information.

 

"The speedometer is designed as a three-dimensional glass spiral. The low numbers appear closest to the eye and the figures appear to be increasingly distant as you accelerate. The idea is that the speedometer should provide a visual reminder of the force of the forward motion," explains Steve Mattin.

The combined instrument too has the centre stack's floating, almost weightless feel about it. The instrument is built up in several layers. In the gaps between the layers concealed vents contribute to better airflow inside the cabin. Here, there is a link to the exterior's "racetrack" theme in the form of the unbroken line around the instrument. A copper frame matches the concept car's paintwork.

 

Safety information in the head-up display

Above the combined instrument, the driver receives information and alerts from the preventive safety systems via the windscreen's head-up display. Information from the car's Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) is integrated in the A-pillars. The three-spoke steering wheel has integrated multifunctional rotating controls. The open lightweight aluminium pedals echo the design language of the concept car's wheels.

 

Volvo Car Corporation  expresses its gratitude to the following companies for their outstanding contribution to the Volvo S60 Concept Car:

 

Autoliv                            Safety belt material

Boblbee                          Bag

Borbet                            Wheels

Cliff                                Gear shifter

Dupont                           Exterior paint

Elmo                               Interior leather upholstery

Mankiewicz                     Interior paint

Orrefors                          Crystal centre stack

Valeo                              Headlamps, rear lamp direction indicator, foglamps

Vulcaflex                         Interior foil

Yazaki                            Instrument cluster

 

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Keywords:
Volvo S60 Concept, Concepts, Design
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