The new range-topping Volvo XC90 Excellence will make its global debut at the 2015 Shanghai auto show, which begins in a few days time.
With many among China’s newly moneyed class preferring to lounge in the back seat of their automobiles, luxury car makers have rushed to fill this need with long wheelbase versions of many of their models.
Although the new XC90 Excellence doesn’t feature an extended wheelbase, passengers, especially those in the rear, are treated to greater levels of comfort than in regular XC90 models.
Passenger capacity is limited to four people all up, with individual bucket-style seats in the back. The rear seats look almost identical to the set in the front, and feature heat, massage, recline and slide functions, as well as footrests.
An illuminated storage space, refrigerated compartment and fold-out tables have been fitted along the centre tunnel. Rear seat passengers are also treated to heated and cooled drinks holders, a retractable control touchscreen, and hand-made crystal glasses from Orrefors.
In order to give the 20-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system its best chance to shine, the Volvo XC90 has been fitted with a dividing screen between the rear seats and boot, extra sound insulation and Pirelli Noise Cancelling System tyres.
These trick Pirelli tyres feature a sound-deadening polyurethane sponge on the inside of the tyre, which is said to reduce road and tyre roar by between two to three decibels.
Changes to the exterior are a little more subtle. There’s a crown badge on the tailgate, as well as chrome fittings for the lower body, and B- and C-pillars.
Volvo has yet to confirm what type of premium the Excellence model will command over more run-of-the-mill XC90s. We’re waiting to hear back from Volvo Australia as to whether the Excellence will be making its way down under.