As some new patent drawings leak there’s two questions that pop into my mind and none of them are the sort of stuff that you just throw into the wind.
The first would be, just how poorly are the patent office guys paid if they can’t keep these things secret and we get a leak of them about once a month?
And the second is this; are the Swedish at Volvo seriously going for this big a bite by trying to bring a new luxury sedan to the market, something that would be an S Class rival?
Mercedes certainly isn’t shaking in their boots and by the looks of things nor is BMW’s 7 Series, Audi’s A8 or the Jaguar XJ. But that doesn’t tell the full story.
It was about a year ago that Volvo introduced a very unexpected concept for the company, the Universe. Featuring more than generous proportions and quite conservative styling, it seemed to follow the recipe.
But since Volvo kept pretty quiet about it, the rumors that came in its wake quickly faded and most of us forgot about it.
Now though, with these leaked patent drawings we could be looking at a production version.
It’s a stretch, and most likely we’re looking at the making of an actual concept than a car but seeing Volvo get back into the luxury game would be interesting.
Plenty of enthusiasts still remember the days when Volvos were enormous, boxy, comfortable and offered safety for the entire family. Some of those would certainly buy a car like that today.