Volvo’s most luxurious car yet unveiled in Shanghai

001-off-my-wheelsBrian Joss –

Volvo Cars unveiled the most luxurious vehicle yet built by the Swedish company in its 88-year history at the Shanghai International Automobile Show – a refined four-seat version of its all-new Volvo XC90.

The XC90 Excellence has been crafted by Volvo’s designers and engineers to offer customers a distinct and individual automotive experience that incorporates the latest Scandinavian innovations in design, refinement, comfort and style.

Luxury personified: the Volvo XC90 Excellence. Picture: Quickpic
Luxury personified: the Volvo XC90 Excellence. Picture: Quickpic

The XC90 Excellence is based on Volvo’s all new XC90 luxury SUV, which will be available in South Africa from August. The XC90 Excellence, however, has just four seats compared to the original’s seven, but there are no plans yet to market it in this country.

The XC90 Excellence offers spacious individual reclining rear seats complete with massage, ventilation and increased leg room, as well as a retractable control touchscreen, folding tables, a refrigerator with bottle and glass holders, a heating/cooling cup holder and handmade crystal glasses from leading Swedish glass design company, Orrefors.

“This is our new flagship car,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President, Design. “We have created the ultimate luxury experience of Scandinavian design. Volvo has never launched a car like this before. This is the car that demonstrates what the name Volvo now means.”

Volvo XC90 Excellence passengers will also enjoy a specially-augmented Bowers & Wilkins audio system that adds an extra speaker to its 19 speaker system, resulting in unrivalled high fidelity sound reproduction and surround effect in the rear seats.

The Volvo XC90 Excellence also comes with an integrated ionic air cleaner in the CleanZone climate system. The ionic air cleaner works by positively charging electrons in airborne particles (dust or smoke for example) so they are removed from suspension in the cabin environment.

Over 24 000 have been ordered before it has even reached Volvo showrooms, which accounts for half of Volvo’s expected volume for the car in 2015.

The Volvo XC90 Excellence incorporates all the features that underpin the XC90’s ongoing success, such as world leading safety features, new powertrain technologies and an unrivalled combination of power and fuel efficiency.

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