Super luxury Volvo XC90 Excellence set for Shanghai debut

Volvo is taking its new XC90 further upmarket with a new Excellence edition. The model is set to be unveiled at next week’s Shanghai Motor Show and adds a raft of extra kit.

The XC90 SUV’s five rear seats are replaced with two individual massaging chairs – and there’s more legroom, retractable touchscreens, folding tables plus a refrigerator with bottle and glass holders. There are also hand-made crystal glasses in the central rear console made by  leading Swedish glass design company, Orrefors, a Bowers & Wilkins audio system with 19 speakers, extra leather trimmings, ambient lighting and noise-cancelling tyres. Volvo has also fitted a new type of air conditioning system that removes dust in the air inside the car.

Volvo’s senior vice president for design, Thomas Ingenlath, said: “This is our new flagship car. 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.

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

The XC90 has racked up more than 24,000 orders since its unveiling in August 2014, and Volvo expects the SUV to account for half of its expected sales volume this year. But, despite the UK traditionally being a strong market for the luxurious Volvo SUV, the company has no plans to offer the Excellence in Britain.

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