Electric Volvo Shooting Brake Is Too Good To Be True

2 months ago by Adrian Padeanu 18

Volvo Shooting Brake Render

It’s the P1800ES revival from 2030.

It’s pretty much safe to say Volvo is on a roll these days when it comes to the design of its cars. Whether it’s the original plug-in XC90 T8 & new plug-in XC60 T8 SUV (arriving in US in September) duo or the S90 & V90 (also available with a plug) twins, the new-era products from the Swedish brand owned by Geely are stylish both inside and out.

Talented artist Andrey Kirichenko has decided to imagine a hypothetical future electrified model by paying tribute to a car from the past: the short-lived P1800ES sold during the 1972 and 1973 model years. In this interval, only a little over 8,000 units were delivered, yet the car is still highly appreciated more than four decades later.

Volvo Electric Shooting Brake

Codenamed 40.3 as a nod to Volvo’s own 40.1 and 40.2 concepts, the shooting brake has been envisioned as a purely electric vehicle to reflect the company’s recently announced EV push.

From 2019, all of the models are going to benefit from electrification in one way or another (five of which are to be new all-electric offerings). The car world certainly needs a true shooting brake, one with two doors as it’s supposed to be. Let’s all remember that Volvo itself has teased us with a legitimate SB at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show with the Concept Estate pictured below.

Volvo Concept Estate

While that concept was a preview of what was to become the V90 wagon, we can’t help but wonder what if the P1800ES will eventually receive a spiritual successor? Andrey Kirichenko has asked himself the very same question. He did more than just that as the 40.3 concept is his way of looking into the future while keeping a close connection with the past.

His proposal for an electric shooting brake involves a sharper body than what current Volvos have, along with an interesting roof-mounted spoiler featuring two bulges that have built-in taillights. If those wheels seem familiar, that’s because they were largely taken from the Porsche Mission E concept.

While the 40.3 is not related in any way to Volvo, we certainly wouldn’t mind seeing it in showrooms some years from now.

Source: Andrey Kirichenko / Behance

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18 responses to "Electric Volvo Shooting Brake Is Too Good To Be True"

  1. mx says:

    Excellent, but it doesn’t need that grill.

    1. Prsnep says:

      But that grill is nice.

      1. Lausbub says:

        It looks nice, but it is an ICE front. These long and horizontal hoods will look totally outdated very soon, even if you remove the grill.
        Remember the time when the styling of cell phone was mainly done via the button shape. A smartphone looked naked, but a few months later, buttons appeared totally old-fashioned.

    2. Chris O says:

      Doesn’t need the long hood either. Unless you want a really big frunk of course.

      Typical ICV design.

    1. SJC says:

      Volvo has been know for wagons and safety over the years, keep going with PHEV and style.

  2. Rich says:

    We need a lot more sex appeal in EVs. This fits the bill. Don’t wait, build it!

    1. Joshua Burstyn says:

      Agreed. For some folks it is easier to move to an EV if the style meets their expectations. Do it.

  3. Dave S. says:

    More rendered fan fiction here. I’d like to see only official company images. Without any Volvo design language it seems like he just slapped Volvo on the drawing.

    1. Philip Reeve says:

      I agree with your comment,Dave, except for the diagonal feature in the grille-like element which, I think, is quite a neat way of evoking “Volvo”.

      Oh . . . then there are the wheels – a dead giveaway – exactly four of them, just like every Volvo I’ve ever seen! 😀

  4. xado says:

    they don´t have the balls to build a car like this

  5. john doe says:

    They should make a new version of the Volvo Sugge, or the TP21 av the official name is.

    The renderings look good by the way. Would have been cool if car companies actually made cars more like drawings, and not just playing it safe.
    Renault Twizy comes kind of close.. but not identical.

  6. Buzz says:

    -Shooting Brake-

    Why in heavens name would somebody call a car “Shooting brake”…..
    A brake do not shot..
    Why not just go all the way and call it something like: Volvo Turbo Magnum 44 SEAL Team 6

    1. SJC says:

      shoot·ing brake
      ˈSHo͞odiNG ˌbrāk/
      nounBRITISHdated
      a station wagon.

      1. Buzz says:

        ???
        Did not get your drift

        1. SJC says:

          It is the definition, this is why it is called that. That is referred to as knowledge.

  7. Priusmaniac says:

    Volvo gives many pictures and prototypes but no ev on sale.

  8. ModernMarvelFan says:

    That is the best looking Volvo concept for a long time.

    Of course, I seriously doubt the real product will look anything even remotely close to that concept.

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