It's not drinking and driving if you're in the back, right?
In China it’s safe to say that luxury is valued over safety when it comes to cars...and most other things. To that end Volvo has unveiled the ultra-luxurious XC90 Excellence before its official debut at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show. From the outside Volvo’s flagship SUV looks a lot like a regular XC90, albeit one with chrome trim. Inside is where things get crazy, as the third row of seats has been completely scrapped in favor of something decidedly more luxurious.
In the rear are two standalone seats that each feature a fold-out tray table, footrest, ambient lighting and massage function. If that wasn’t enough there are touchscreens in the front headrests and a refrigerator complete with a custom crystal bottle and glasses made by Orrefors, the same company that makes the XC90’s crystal shifter. For the few Chinese drivers who care, no new engine options will be included in the Excellence package. Volvo experienced great sales success in China last year. As such it’s reasonable to assume that the XC90 Excellence may be the first of many China-only special editions created by the Swedish automaker. If you want the Excellence to hit America, start buying more Volvos.