The Volvo Concept Coupe will be officially unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show next month.

Created to explore the possibilities of the company’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), and the first design penned by new Senior Vice President of Design Thomas Ingenlath, the Concept Coupe offers clues to the styling direction of future Volvos – the first of which will be the new XC90 due in 2014.

“The Volvo Concept Coupé is no futuristic dream car. It is designed to demonstrate the capability of our new architecture: the confident stance, the proportions and the most prominent design signatures. Even though the all-new XC90 is an entirely different type of car, you will recognise the connection instantly when it is revealed next year,” says Thomas Ingenlath.

Although Ingenlath says they are still refining the design of the grille for production models, the concept features a new ‘floating’ front grille design flanked by headlights with T-shaped daytime running lights.

The SPA platform has been designed with autonomous driving technologies in mind.  Autonomous steering to avoid accidents and provide additional comfort on long journeys will be introduced in 2014, and Volvo aims to introduce a fully autonomous (i.e. self-driving) car before 2020.

The Concept Coupe is powered by a plug-in hybrid drivetrain that uses a 2.0-litre high-performance Drive-E petrol engine with both a supercharger and turbocharger.  Coupled with an electric motor in the rear axle, the Concept has a total of around 400hp and 600Nm of torque to play with.