While Volvo Auto India will be
unveiling the new S90 in a single variant on November 4, 2016 in Mumbai, Volvo
Cars globally has unveiled a new version of the S90 sedan and top-of-the-line
S90 Excellence in Shanghai, China, marking a new era for car-making in that
country. The new S90 goes into production in November. The S90 Excellence
follows next year.
Both these new models are
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.
“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 Hakan Samuelsson, President and CEO, Volvo Car Group.
Volvo 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.
“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
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.
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