Volvo XC90 Excellence Writes Swedish Autobiography
Volvo Aiming High With New Flagship Trim SUV
Until the Bentley Bentayga and the still-unnamed Rolls-Royce SUV hit the market, the acknowledged standard bearer for SUV opulence is the Range Rover SVAutobiography. The ultra-plush reclining rear seats and bespoke trim offer a singular experience for those willing to fork over the approximately $200,000 asking price. Although it may not have the same cachet among the one percent, Volvo is fielding its own ultra-luxury SUV with the announcement of the XC90 Excellence, which debuted in China at the Shanghai Auto Show.
The choice to showcase its new flagship in China is a logical one, with Volvo’s parent company, Geely, being headquartered in Hangzhou, southwest of Shanghai. Not to mention the fact of the Chinese market’s seemingly insatiable appetite for luxury cars with an emphasis on rear-seat comfort. To keep Middle Kingdom tycoons comfortable, the rear seat of the XC90 Excellence feature the same seats featured in the front of the XC90 and include ventilation, massage, and footrests, along with a refrigerated center console with bottle and glass holders and crystal glasses from renowned Swedish crystal maker Orrefors. The rear seating area is also augmented with folding tables, a retractable touchscreen controller, and a Bowers & Wilkins 20-speaker premium audio system.
Further accentuating the upscale ambience of the XC90 Excellence is a Pirelli Noise Cancelling System with unique tires and a luggage compartment dividing screen. Customers will have the choice of Blond or Charcoal leather upholstery with a color-coordinated Nubuck headliner. Pricing was not announced, but we expect it to be northward of $80,000, possibly cresting the six-figure mark. Volvo says the XC90 Excellence will be available “globally” later this year, presumably including the United States.