Ever thought of a car with no front passenger seat, such that you can stretch out in complete comfort, while being chauffeured around. Well, the guys at Swedish carmaker Volvo Cars have realised this concept and created the revolutionary Excellence Lounge concept on their luxury SUV, the XC90.
To put it simply, the XC90 with an Excellence Lounge configuration, is a three seater with an innovative layout. The passenger seat right next to the driver’s seat has been removed, and hence the passenger in the back can enjoy unparalleled space, almost like in an airline’s first class cabin.
This concept, characterised by Volvo’s signature Swedish elegance, is available in a super limited edition in India, with less than 20 models being available to the Indian market. Ideal for the fast-paced business traveller who wants to be driven around in style, the XC90’s Excellence Lounge seat is in Nappa leather and even features perks like ventilation and massage functions. What’s more, the backseat gives you the feel of a lounge with exclusive amenities such a deployable leather-clad tray table, a centre console refrigerator, crystal glasses and an integrated 13-inch iPad paired with a Bowers & Wilkins headset for an enhanced backseat entertainment experience.
Speaking on the occasion, Volvo Car India Managing Director Mr. Charles Frump said, “Our distinctive approach aims to deliver a luxurious and calming experience to our customers. Volvo XC90 Excellence Lounge is the most exquisite car we’ve ever made. It rides on the success of over 100 XC90 T8 Excellence (4-seater) delivered and India is the highest selling country for this product.”
In case you aren’t already familiar with the brilliant design and performance of the XC90 T8 Excellence T8, it is a stellar plug-in hybrid, with a range of up to 40 km in a single battery charge. After this, the car automatically shifts into its hybrid operation. Volvo’s commitment to safety and security is evident in the suite of features built in the XC90, which range from Adaptive Cruise Control, Pilot Assist, 360-degree camera, Collision Mitigation Support among others.
In other news, Volvo Cars has promised that from 2019, all its new cars with be electrified in the mild hybrid, full hybrid or full electric.