Here's checking out the new Concept Cope from Volvo, revealed after a series of teasers. It will make its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

The first Volvo penned under the direction of their new design chief Thomas Ingenlath, it is also the first of a series of three concept cars with design possibilities created by the automaker's new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA).

The concept is lovely to look at, but what's really standing out is its understated styling references to the P1800 (built from 1961 to 1973).

Thomas Ingenlath explains: “It is a car designer’s duty to reflect and incorporate design signatures that are vital parts of the company’s heritage. The P1800 is an iconic Volvo, renowned for its beautiful forms and detailing. However, using elements from the P1800 exterior and interior has nothing to do with being retro. We are using these subtle links to a glorious past to create a future where sheer beauty becomes a recognised part of Volvo’s identity. That journey starts with Concept Coupé.”

The concept uses a 2.0 liter high performance Drive-E petrol engine with a supercharger and turbo driving the front wheels with an electric motor on the rear axle. The combined output creates 400hp and more than 600Nm of torque.

“The Volvo Concept Coupé is no futuristic dream car," says Ingenlath. "It is designed to demonstrate the capability of our new architecture: the confident stance, the proportions and the most prominent design signatures. Even though the all-new XC90 is an entirely different type of car, you will recognise the connection instantly when it is revealed next year.”