Volvo’s super luxurious XC90 Excellence flagship gets Shanghai debut

Article by Andrew Christian, on April 16, 2015

Do you want to experience ultimate automobile luxury according to how Volvo defines it? You will know exactly what it is at the upcoming Shanghai International Automobile Show where Volvo will be showcasing its new flagship car -- the XC90 Excellence. This is undoubtedly the most luxurious vehicle that Volvo has ever made.

The XC90 Excellence is an elegant and refined four-seat version of its newly launched XC90. Volvo’s designers and engineers designed the XC90 Excellence to give buyers a unique and individual automotive experience that merges the newest Scandinavian advances when it comes to design, style, refinement, and comfort.

The new XC90 sports utility vehicle is the basis for the XC90 but the differences are numerous. While the original XC90 has seven seats, the XC90 Excellence only has four. As a result, the rear seat passengers of the Excellence model get a big amount of space, giving them an awesome customer experience.

Volvo is giving the passengers the First Class experience, which includes broad, roomy, individual reclining rear seats that come with a bigger leg room, ventilation, and massage. The passengers will also enjoy the use of the retractable control touchscreen, a refrigerator with bottle and glass holders, folding tables, a heating/cooling cup holder and Orrefors handmade crystal glasses.

Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President, Design, said that Volvo has never launched a model similar to its new flagship car, which reflects what the Volvo name currently means.

Launched in August 2014, Volvo’s all new XC90 has been a favourite of customers in the market for a luxury SUV. Even before its arrival in Volvo showrooms, there have already been more than 24,000 units ordered. This makes up about half of what Volvo expects will be its car volume in 2015.

Of course, the XC90 Excellence will have all the features that make the XC90 so successful such as world leading safety systems, sophisticated powertrain technologies and an unmatched combination of power and fuel efficiency.

Later this year, the XC90 Excellence will be available worldwide except for in the UK. It will also be offered in selected markets via digital commerce. [source: Volvo]

Interior Design

Passengers of the XC90 Excellence will get all the fun and convenience of footrests, illuminated storage and one of a kind leather detailing in blond or charcoal, ambient lighting, a luggage compartment dividing screen, more sound insulation in the cabin and Pirelli Noise Cancelling System tyres (PNCS).

The Excellence will also be fitted with a specially-augmented Bowers & Wilkins audio system that gives the rear passengers the best high fidelity sound reproduction and surround effect as a result of the additional speaker attached to the 19 speaker system. Ingenlath said that the design results to a “superlative environment for relaxed comfort or doing business.”

The Swedish sure do love their fresh air and Volvo emphasizes this in the XC90 Excellence, which features an integrated ionic air cleaner in the CleanZone climate system. The electrons of airborne particles like dust or smoke are positively charged by the ionic air cleaner and this removes the particles from being suspended in the cabin.

In addition, the XC90 Excellence features a leather instrument panel with contrasting thread. Meanwhile, the cabin’s headliner is colour coordinated pure Nubuck textile. The exterior has been styled to include an Excellence rank mark, chrome B- and C-pillar cappings and lower door mouldings.

Press Release

Top of the line Volvo XC90 'Excellence' to be unveiled at Shanghai Auto Show

Volvo Cars will unveil the most luxurious vehicle ever built by the Swedish company in its 88 year history at the Shanghai International Automobile Show – an elegant and refined four-seat version of its recently launched 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.

The XC90 Excellence is based on Volvo's all new XC90 sports utility vehicle, but the similarity ends there. The XC90 Excellence has just four seats compared to the original's seven, creating an enormous amount of additional space for rear seat passengers that helps to deliver an exceptional customer experience.

This space is utilised to offer a First Class automotive experience that begins with broad, 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."

The XC90 Excellence offers its passengers footrests, ambient lighting, illuminated storage and unique leather detailing in blond or charcoal, a luggage compartment dividing screen, additional sound insulation in the cabin and Pirelli Noise Cancelling System tyres (PNCS).

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.

"What we have designed is amongst the best rear seat experiences available in a luxury car," said Mr Ingenlath. "The result is a superlative environment for relaxed comfort or doing business."

Reinforcing the Swedish love of fresh air, the 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.

The XC90 Excellence also offers a leather instrument panel with contrasting thread, while the headliner of the cabin is colour coordinated pure Nubuck textile. Exterior styling differentiators including an Excellence rank mark, chrome B- and C-pillar cappings and lower door mouldings.

Volvo's all new XC90, launched in August 2014, is proving to be extremely popular with customers seeking a luxury SUV. Over 24,000 have been ordered before it has even reached Volvo showrooms. This accounts for approximately half of Volvo's expected volume for the car in 2015.

The 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.

The XC90 Excellence will be available globally later this year and via digital commerce in selected markets.

Topics: volvo, volvo xc90, suv

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