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July 20: 2002
Check out our interview with Jonathan Dale, interior designer of the ACC2
March 5, 2002 Welcome to the feature section on Volvo's new Adventure Concept Car, the ACC2.
There's a lot of promise with this latest offering. I'll be the first to admit that some aspects of the design leave a bit to be desired, but there are a number of intriguing features that I think would be very well suited to the V70XC.Don't miss the photo galleries, press releases and forums!
Please note that the following article is based solely on what I've observed from some very high resolution photos of this car and what's been said in official press releases from Volvo Cars, North America.
Click on the thumbnails for a high resolution view of the feature being discussed.
Once you get past these headlights, I think the exterior is done quite well.
Instead of the brown/blue body cladding, as you can see the ACC2 uses like body coloured panels. Can't tell from the photos whether these are plastic or metal, but either way I think they look great.
You'll probably notice the big hole chopped out
just below the grille. I suspect this would be for added airflow for the hopped up turbo for the high
performance engine expected to be spec'd with this vehicle.
Another feature of note here are those rims. Sort of 80's Volvo retro aren't they?! I quite like the look of them but can see they'd be quite a chore to clean. I'll keep my present XC rims thanks!
Nearby we also notice a set of front brake vents. Have I mentioned yet that this car, if produced would house somewhere in the neighbourhood of 300 HP? Quoted from the official VCNA article:
Taking a look further down the car, we find a new
set of rear view mirrors. Though I quite like the over size ones on the existing Cross Country, I think
these fit the new car's profile quite nicely.
Somewhat of a subtle change in on the rear quarter panel windows. They reduced the amount of glass area by simply enlarging the silver inserts that rest below and to the front of the windows. Guess this is again in an effort to streamline the look of the car.
They've also developed a new rear wing on this car
and with its squared off edges, complements
the car exceptionally well . I'd be very interested in purchasing this wing for my 2001 Cross Country!
One of the most unique features is the seating. Pretty cool usage of saddlebag leather on the seating surfaces, tempered by a thin profile on the backs. Only question I have is how are they going to fit the SIPS into such a thin seat? Perhaps I'm just seeing it wrong. :o
Wondering what's inside the center console? Take a look at the high resolution close ups:
As mentioned, I could probably go on forever with pointing out all the little details that make this such an interesting concept.