Your Concept Car: Designed For Your Life | Part Three

Volvo YCC

Volvo YCC

More Choice And Flexibility
  • Eight choices of interchangeable interior décor
  • Adjustable ride height

The YCC feels exceptionally light and spacious inside, rather like a modern living room inspired by a Scandinavian design using natural materials and plenty of natural and ambient lighting. But the YCC is designed to suit individual tastes and choices of décor. You can radically change the look of the car interior whenever you feel like it. There are eight exchangeable (and washable) seat pad options to choose from, everything from dark brown leather, linen and wool, to a shimmering yellow-green embroidered seat pad. Each has a matching carpet – also easy to swap over – for a whole range of styles inspired by Scandinavian interior design.

"No need to trade in your car just because you have grown tired of its colour scheme!" says Maria Uggla, the colour and trim designer for the YCC.

For all-round flexibility you can also choose the ride height – either high, if you like a commanding view of the road, or low, for a sportier feel.

Minimal Maintenance
  • Exterior filling points for fuel and washer fluid
  • Automatic diagnostic checks
  • Easy-clean paint

The YCC has made car care about as easy as it can get.

"The only time I ever open my bonnet is when I need to fill up with windscreen washer fluid," says Tatiana Butovitsch Temm, YCC communications manager. "So we asked ourselves whether you should have to open the bonnet just to do that. We realised that it could just as easily be done from the outside of the car."

That is why the YCC has two filling points like those used for racing cars beside the door on the driver’s side. One for petrol, the other for washer fluid. No fumbling with filler caps or bonnet latches!

The YCC also carries out its own diagnostic checks at regular intervals and notifies your service centre if anything needs attention and arranges a service too. This also ensures that any spare parts or materials will be there when they are needed.

An easy-clean exterior paint finish behaves rather like the coating on a non-stick pan – dirt finds it very hard to cling on in the first place and, if it does, it washes off very easily.

Engine And Transmission
  • 5-cylinder, 215bhp engine
  • Integrated Starter-Generator (ISG)

The YCC is prepared for a low-emission 215 bhp, five-cylinder engine with Volvo's Integrated Starter-Generator (ISG). This has several advantages. It prevents unnecessary idling by shutting down the engine automatically when waiting at traffic lights, for instance. It comes to life again as soon as the driver presses the accelerator. It also provides extra torque at low revs, which means maximum power right from the start.

The YCC has a six-speed Powershift gearbox. You can either choose a fully automatic mode, or use the controls on the steering column to change gear.

Published 3 March 2004 Melanie Carter

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