25 years ago: the concept that led to the first Volvo XC90

An SUV: nowadays you don’t really count as a car manufacturer if you don’t have one in your model range. At the beginning of this millennium it was very different. Volvo showed the world exactly 25 years ago today its first SUV: the ‘Adventure Concept Car’, the study model that was supposed to give a preview of the XC90.

There is something special about looking back at concept cars from the past with today’s knowledge. They are often quite extremely designed, so it is always questionable to what extent the design can survive with a production model. Sometimes that is not the case at all and nothing is done with a concept car at all, in other cases the production version can be traced very well to its concept version. The latter is certainly the case with the Volvo ACC. The very first XC90 is clearly recognizable in it. Volvo saw the ACC as a benchmark. The brand had not previously made an SUV, so the Swedes mainly wanted to gauge the reaction of the public. Our editor…

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Source: AutoWeek by www.autoweek.nl.

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