According to Volvo, The Volvo Concept Universe gets a sleeker look than the current Volvo S80, with a long hood (I think Volvo accomplished that one) and more coupe-like proportions. The concept underscores Volvo's desires to be on an equal footing with BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

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Powertrain details were not disclosed. Maybe that's a good thing because the body and the interior needs work.

The cabin has a somewhat stark appearance and features a touchscreen "that approaches the hand when the driver reaches toward it," said Volvo in a statement. The cabin molds around the rear seat to "become part of the seating environment," said the automaker. But wait? Is that woodgrain as an accent to a highly modern design?!?!?!?!? Maybe it's the colors that they used in the interior, but I'm not liking this at all. It's too much going on and it's bordering towards being a hot mess... Off white and woodgrain doesn't go together, this isn't a living room in the 1970's.

Because this is a concept car, I hope and pray that they go back to the drawing board and redesign that front end. It's too flat, it needs some sort of shape to it. Followed by tinkering with the interior.

It's a cute car, but it's not quite there yet.