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2015-05-05 06:00

Right: The interior of the new Volvo XC90 Excellence has many opulent touches.


Right: The interior of the new Volvo XC90 Excellence has many opulent touches. PHOTO: Quickpic

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Volvo will unveil its most luxurious vehicle yet at the 2015 Shanghai auto show that starts tomorrow – the new Volvo XC90 Excellence.

The XC90 Excellence has been crafted by Volvo’s designers and engineers to offer customers, the automaker says, “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 new XC90 luxury SUV, headed for South Africa towards the end of this year.

Opulent interior

The XC90 Excellence, however, has just four seats compared to the original’s seven, creating an enormous amount of space for rear passengers.

Volvo’s senior vice president of design, Thomas Ingenlath, says: “This is our new flagship car and 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 Volvo XC90 Excellence has footrests, ambient lighting, illuminated storage, leather details, a luggage compartment, dividing screen, additional insulation and Pirelli noise cancelling tyres.

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

Volvo’s all new XC90 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 this year.

Headed for SA

The Volvo XC90 Excellence incorporates all the features that underpin the XC90’s ongoing success, such as leading safety features, new 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.

The all-new Volvo XC90 seven-seat luxury SUV will be available in South Africa from August.

At this stage there are no confirmed plans for the four-seat XC90 Excellence to be sold locally.


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