Volvo is known for building safe and relatively affordable luxury vehicles but the company's latest offering is pushing into new territory as the Swedish automaker has announced the XC90 Excellence will cost $104,900 when it goes on sale in the United States this summer.
Recently shown at the New York Auto Show, the XC90 Excellence has a familiar design but it features an ultra-luxurious interior that is worthy of a six-figure automobile. Rear seat passengers get most of the attention as they are treated to individual reclining rear seats with heating, ventilation, and massage functions. The niceties don't stop there as Volvo added a full-length center console with a retractable touchscreen display and heated / cooled cup holders that house handmade crystal glasses created by Orrefors.
Other highlights include Nappa leather upholstery, open-pore wood trim, and a rear refrigerator that can hold a bottle of bubbly. Last but not least, the model has been equipped with an Orrefors crystal gear shifter, a 20-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system, and a rear partition that separates the passenger compartment from the cargo area.
Since the XC90 Excellence is based on the XC90 T8 Twin-Engine Plug-in Hybrid, the crossover has a supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, an electric motor, and a 9.2 kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery. This setup enables the model to produce a combined output of 400 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque.