Luxury sedan gets a super luxurious interior

Volvo is moving the production of the S90 from Sweden to China with the promise of making the luxury sedan the most “premium car ever made” in the world’s biggest automotive market. It’s a lot to live up to, but Volvo is confident that it’ll work, or at least confident enough to announce a top-of-the-line trim that pretty much includes anything and everything that Volvo has to offer. The model is called the S90 Excellence, and if the name sounds familiar, that’s because the car’s breathtaking interior was already previewed in concept form back in April at the Beijing Motor Show.

It’s not a concept anymore because the S90 Excellence is going to hit the market in 2017. The Chinese market is expected to get first dibs, but since the model is going to be exported all over the world, there’s a possibility that the U.S. and European markets will get theirs too at some point in the future. In the meantime, the S90 Excellence, together with the standard S90, will make its debut at the 2016 Guangzhou Motor Show later this month.

So what makes the S90 Excellence a major step up in luxury for Volvo? The short answer is “Lounge Console,” which is basically the same interior we saw in Beijing as a concept, only it’s actually set to be used in production form. Care for a rear-seat touch screen control interface, handmade crystal glasses, and a built-in refrigeration compartment? Yep. That’s what you get – and many more – with the Volvo S90 Excellence.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Volvo S90 Excellence.

What makes the Volvo S90 Excellence special

The Volvo S90 Excellence will be based on the long-wheelbase S90 L, a model that’s only being sold in China. So in case you’re wondering why the S90 Excellence looks particularly longer than the standard S90, that’s because the S90 Excellence is effectively a limousine, and an über luxurious one at that. The exterior doesn’t change too much other than its overall dimensions, but the interior is where owners will find a world of difference.

The S90 Excellence is effectively a limousine, and an über luxurious one at that.

Essentially, the S90 Excellence’s Lounge Console cabin is a mobile hotel that can morph into a luxury work station or an entertainment center with a few pushes of some buttons. The first thing you’ll notice about it is that it doesn’t have a front passenger seat. In its place is a small compartment that contains a few items, most notably a large touch screen that can be used for a variety of functions. The compartment can apparently store a pair of shoes too so that’s another neat addition.

Most of the offerings can be found in the rear section of the car where massaging rear seats can be reclined for supreme relaxation. There’s also a rear center console that has its own refrigeration compartment inside the armrest. Notice those champagne glasses too? Those are handmade crystal glasses from noted Swedish glassmaker Orrefors. The console also contains a folding table that be accessed and positioned in front of the rear seat, providing a usable work space for the occupant.

The S90 Excellence’s Lounge Console cabin is a mobile hotel that can morph into a luxury work station or an entertainment center with a few pushes of some buttons.

Engine choices for the S90 Excellence are limited to just the T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid setup, which puts out an output of 410 horsepower. That should be enough to justify the ridiculous opulence of a car with matching performance characteristics.

Press Release

Volvo Cars, the premium carmaker, has unveiled a new upgraded China version of its S90 sedan and a top-of-the-line luxury model called S90 Excellence, both aimed at the high-end sedan market, in advance of their first public appearance at the 2016 Guangzhou Motor Show.

The new S90 will be the most premium car ever made in China. Both versions will be built in Volvo Cars’ production facility in Daqing, China, and exported globally, highlighting the high levels of quality that underpin Volvo’s global manufacturing strategy.

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“China will play an increasingly important part in our global manufacturing ambitions. Our factories here will deliver world-class products for export across the globe in coming years, contributing to our objective of selling up to 800,000 cars a year by 2020,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO, Volvo Car Group.

Volvo has paved the way in developing China’s exports of cars to global markets. It was the first Western car maker to export a premium China-made car to the US in 2015 with the S60 Inscription, which received a full 5-Star rating in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration testing.

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Premium credentials

Both the S90 cars underscore Volvo’s credentials as a premium car maker.

“The first thing you notice in the S90 Excellence is that we have removed the front passenger seat and replaced it with what we call the Lounge Console, designed to meet the chauffeur-driven executive customers’ need to relax or work while on the move. The second thing you will notice is the high quality materials that combine to deliver a well-thought-through and immersive luxury feel,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President Design at Volvo Car Group.

The S90 Excellence incorporates many features designed to enhance the in-car experience – a full panoramic roof, foldout worktables, clever storage, a heated and cooled cup holder, an adjustable footrest and a built-in entertainment system featuring a large display for work or entertainment purposes. The S90 Excellence also includes a rear-seat touchscreen control interface, a built-in refrigeration compartment and handmade crystal glasses from Swedish glassmaker Orrefors.

The S90 will be available with Volvo Cars’ award-winning T4 and T5 petrol engines and the top-of-the-line T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid, delivering an uncompromising mix of performance and pure electric power that makes the most of Volvo’s ‘Relaxed Confidence’ chassis settings. The S90 Excellence will only come with the T8 Twin Engine powertrain option.

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The new cars will come with a host of standard safety features including Large Animal Detection as a part of the City Safety system, Pilot Assist, which is a hands-on-the-wheel semi-autonomous driver assistance system that works up to 130 km/h.

Volvo’s new 90 Series cars also come with the convenience of smartphone integration, incorporating Apple CarPlay and Android Auto allowing convenient access to familiar smartphone features via the large centre display in the car.

Both cars will be available with a new CleanZone air quality system that employs an ionic air cleaner, a PM 2.5 real-time monitor in the four-zone air conditioning system.

The new S90 goes into production in November. The S90 Excellence follows next year.

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