We Hear: Four-Seat Volvo XC90 Luxury Model Headed to China
Four massaging seats, improved legroom.
The all-new 2016 Volvo XC90 crossover may be far more stylish and luxurious than its predecessor, but Volvo already has plans to build a more lavish model for the Chinese market.A new report from Autocar suggests that Volvo is developing a high-end, seat version of the XC90 in China.
The luxury version of the 2016 Volvo XC90, which could potentially rival vehicles like the Land Rover Range Rover, will reportedly offer two captain's chairs behind the front seats, rather than the configurable "5+2" seven-passenger setup in the standard car. Those rear seats will match the driver and passenger seats, and will offer features like power-recline and massaging. The four-seat luxury version of the 2016 Volvo XC90 will reportedly debut publicly in China next year.
Because the third row of seats will be removed, the four-seat XC90 variant will reportedly locate its second row farther back in the cabin, affording those passengers the generous legroom that well-heeled Chinese buyers enjoy. To cater to such tastes, Volvo already offers long-wheelbase versions of its S60 and S80 models in China.
Volvo is owned by Chinese conglomerate Geely, after Ford sold the Swedish automaker in 2010, and Volvo now has three car factories in China to build cars for the market. Selling cars in China has bolstered Volvo's bottom line; through the end of August, Volvo sold 51,568 cars in China, up 37 percent year-over-year, compared to 39,189 in the U.S. over the same period.
The standard 2016 Volvo XC90 was revealed late last month in Sweden. Along with a new, sharply creased design that makes the crossover appear more like a station wagon, the new XC90 boasts a more stylish interior with a new tablet-like infotainment system, as well as a new range of efficient engines and a plug-in hybrid option. A Launch Edition of the new crossover, limited to just 1927 examples worldwide, cost $66,825 for U.S. buyers and sold out globally just 47 hours after online orders began. Starting in spring 2015, American customers will be able to buy the 2016 Volvo XC90 with its base, 316-hp T6 turbo- and supercharged inline-four engine, all-wheel drive, navigation, and 19-inch wheels from $49,825.