Making its global debut at the Shanghai Auto Show, the 2016 Volvo XC90 Excellence takes the automaker's all-new mid-size SUV to an entirely different level of elegant opulence. Complementing individual seating for four with a full range of premium comfort and convenience touches, it's the most luxurious vehicle ever produced by Volvo

The ultimate in Scandinavian luxury 

Based on a fully loaded version of the just-released Volvo XC90 T8 Twin-Engine, the new Excellence model embodies "a superlative environment for relaxed comfort or doing business," according to Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President, Design who characterizes it as "the ultimate experience of Scandinavian luxury." Richly appointed in supple blond or charcoal leather matched with a perforated Nubuck textile, the XC90 Excellence's extensive roster of standards includes everything from a 20-speaker Bowers & Wilkins premium surround sound audio system and a CleanZone climate control system with integrated ionic air purifier to a custom divider element that separates the cabin from the cargo area and supplemental sound insulation that works in concert with bespoke Pirelli Noise Cancelling System tires to add an extra measure of serenity to the interior. 

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While those sitting up front can still legitimately claim to have the best view, passengers in the comprehensively remade aft quarters of the new XC90 Excellence will enjoy bragging rights when it comes to even greater levels of first-class comfort. Every seat in the house shares the same ergonomically optimized design, integral heating/cooling and massage functions but the fully reclining second row mini-thrones feature expanded legroom and articulated footrests set off with individual folding tables, a refrigerator with bottle and glass holders, a thermostatically adjustable cup holder, handmade Swedish crystal glasses from Orrefors and tasteful ambient lighting. Each rear rider also has access to a retractable multimedia touchscreen. Exterior changes to the Volvo XC90 Excellence are subtle, and add a touch of brightwork to the B-pillar/C-pillar surrounds and lower door moldings as well as bespoke badging.  

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The 2016 Volvo XC90 Excellence goes on sale later this year in select global markets, although the specific arrival time and starting price of the firm's new flagship offering have yet to be established for America. Ingenlath is confident that the vehicle will play a significant role in changing buyer perceptions of the brand wherever it's sold, observing: "This is the car that demonstrates what the name Volvo now means."

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