Volvo concept interior wows the crowd at LA auto show

The star of the 2015 LA Auto Show wasn’t a car but an interior design concept from Volvo.

  • Concept 26
  • Volvo Concept 26
  • Mercedes SL
  • VW GTE concept
  • Porsche 911 Targa 4S
  • Range Rover Evoque Conv

LOS ANGELES, CA: The star of the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show wasn’t a car but an interior design concept from Volvo.

Called Concept 26, it blends functionality and autonomous driving in what Volvo says is “a new way of thinking about how luxury autonomous cars will integrate into daily life.”

It is centered on a new seat design that “cradles” the driver whether driving or in autonomous mode.

It combines a multi-way driver’s seat, a tablet interface on the centre console, a foldable tray that comes out of the driver’s side door and a 25-inch flat screen that folds up and out from under the passenger-side dashboard.

Concept 26 provides three modes – Drive, Create and Relax.

Drive is normal driving as we know it.

Create allows the driver to configure the seat, tablet and screen for a variety of activities like reading, working on a project or accessing a full range of media while the car does the driving.

Relax reclines the driver seat and deploys the flat screen to watch or listen to what you want or simply do nothing and watch the world glides by.

Volvo Concept 26 development was based on the company’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). It is one of the first Autonomous Drive concepts that is built on a product platform available today.

One of the most enduring nameplates from Mercedes-Benz, the 2017 SL luxury roadster, had its world debut in LA auto show featuring a nine-speed transmission with five drive modes and a convertible top that can be operated at speeds up to 25 mph.

Styling was been much revised with standard LED headlights and two, prominent power domes on the hood.

There will be two main models. The SL450 has a 3.0-litre V6 with 362 hp and 369 lb/ft of torque. The SL550 has a 4.7-litre V8 with 449 hp and 515 lb/ft of torque.

In addition, there are two AMG models starting the twin turbo AMG SL63 with 5.5-litre V8 producing 577 hp and 664 lb/ft of torque. The AMG SL65 features a 6.0-litre V12 with 621 hp and 738 lb/ft of torque.

Getting its North American debut on the Volkswagen stand was the Golf GTE Sport Concept with a 395 hp plug-in hybrid system for an acceleration time from 0-100 km/h in 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 174 mph.

VW says the design shows how future Golf GT models might develop.

The Beetle Dune coupe and convertible with 10 mm higher ground clearance are designed as being reminiscent of Baja California dune buggies.

Re-styled to stand out, it features a large centre air inlet and black honeycomb grille in addition to the next generation of VW infotainment systems.

Over at Porsche, the new 911 Targa 4S had its world premiere in LA auto show.

BMW had four vehicles making their North American debut the interesting of which was the all-new BMW 3 Series eDrive featuring a plug-in hybrid drive system.

It uses an electric motor and the BMW TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine for a total system output of 248 hp and 310 lb/ft of torque.

The BMW 330e goes from 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds. In everyday driving conditions, a total range of approximately 370 miles is doable. The eDrive technology allows for about 22 miles in all-electric mode and therefore with zero local emissions.

Jaguar Land Rover showed three new vehicles including the Jaguar XE sports sedan and the Jaguar F-Pace performance SUV.

The LA auto show marked the first North American appearance of the Range Rover Evoque Convertible which billed as the first premium compact convertible SUV bringing the lineup to there models for 2016.

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