(from Volvo Press Release) The YCC is a car of many contrasts. It is
functional and user friendly, yet sporty and emotional. Its exterior
styling strikes a balance between all these qualities. That is why the
•a low front end and a long rear
window, for an excellent view all round
•bumpers and lower side sections covered with a tough, durable
material, in contrast to its suave upper bodywork
•muscular shoulders and catwalk
•headlights with an ethereal, liquid quality
An excellent view from the driver's seat
was high on YCC wish-lists. In many cars, it can be difficult to see to
all four corners. This can make a car hard to park or to pilot through
tight spots. But in the YCC it is easy to see where the car starts and
where it ends, because the front end is low, the fenders have been
brought into sight and the traditional Volvo V on the bonnet section has
been inverted. The effect is reminiscent of the Volvo P1800, giving the
car a sporty look and the driver full command of the situation ahead.
The equivalent has been achieved at the rear end, where the rear window
extends almost all the way to where the car ends.
The lines of the YCC's 'catwalk' give it a look which is muscular and
elegant at the same time.
"It was important to combine beautiful, flowing lines with a muscular
look. The strong front end gives a sense of speed, the line flows over
the front wheel, then drops towards the rear," says Anna Rosén, who
designed the exterior.
Chameleon with variable
The YCC is as big as the Volvo S60. Its
variable ride height function enables it to be raised or lowered either
when driving or when parked. It is a car which combines sportiness and
robustness and the exterior design strives for a balance between these
characteristics. Its skidplates emphasize the functionality.
Its bumpers and lower side sections are made of a tough, durable
material, for an enhanced functional feel. This effect is balanced by
the streamlined beauty of the body panels. They have been finished in
Chameleon, a 'flip' (colour-change) paint for an iridescent, silky look.
Depending on the light, the exterior flip colour Chameleon changes from
green to gold or blue to yellow.
"We chose a paint which would bring out the lines of the car to best
advantage,"says Maria Uggla, the Colour and Trim designer.
The head- and tail-lights are important
elements of the YCC's styling. The headlights are lenses of transparent
thermoplastic which project the light from banks of LEDs. The effect is
that of light emanating from a block of ice. No bulbs or LEDs visible,
The rear light clusters enhance the characteristic look of this Volvo.
Here the red section flows seamlessly into the yellow.
The high-level brake light is at the top edge of the rear window. If the
driver brakes hard, the red area grows bigger. If the driver has to
brake extra hard, the brake light pulsates.
Gull-wing doors of
short wing span
The YCC was designed with wide side door
•for better display of the car interior
•for easier back seat loading and unloading
•to make it an easier car to get in and out of.
Eye-catching gull-wing doors of short
wing span were the perfect answer for the YCC.
When closed, the gull-wing door extends only as far as the bottom of the
painted body sections, which means that it extends only 60 cm out from
the car when opened. Less space than many conventional car doors need to
As the gull-wing door opens upwards, the sill section below it opens out
and down. The advantages are that there is no high sill to climb over
and that the surface presented is always a clean one.
Another advantage of the door solution is that the B-pillar has been
moved further back, further enhancing the driver's view of the road.