Since the company’s founding in 1927, Volvo has become renowned for its practical, safe and stylish utility vehicles. While best known for its wagons, Volvo has produced all manner of hatchbacks, delivery vehicles, crossovers and even a new electric van. Volvo’s first SUV, the XC90, made its debut in 2002, but newly released sketches show the Swedish brand was considering a legit off-roader in the 1970s.
The sketches, which are “blueprint styling concepts” created to develop the design, were posted to the Volvo Heritage Facebook page last week. According to the company, then-CEO Pehr Gyllenhammer tasked longtime design manager Gunnar Falck with developing “a rugged vehicle for Africa and developing countries.” Other than what we can see in the images, there aren’t any more details or even a name for the proposed SUV, but what we can see looks awesome.
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