Volvo will soon move production of the S90 from Europe to China and is going to launch a new range-topping Excellence version.
Up until now, the S90 has been built by Volvo at home in Torslanda, Sweden, but in a short while assembly will be relocated to Daqing, China from where the posh sedan is going to be exported all over the world. Volvo mentions the S90 is going to be “the most premium car ever made” in the People’s Republic once production will kick off later this month.
The standard S90 is going to be joined early next year by a plushier Excellence trim previewed by the namesake concept back in April at the Beijing Motor Show. It has basically all the bells and whistles Volvo can offer at the moment, including a rear-seat touchscreen control interface, handmade crystal glasses, and a built-in refrigeration compartment to cool expensive beverages.
The S90 Excellence is based on the China-only long-wheelbase S90 L model and is going to come as standard with a heated and cooled cup holder, along with a full panoramic glass roof, and an adjustable footrest. Foldout worktables and a built-in entertainment system with a generous screen are also on the agenda. The biggest change however is the removal of the front passenger seat to make room for the “Lounge Console” as seen in the aforementioned S90 Excellence concept.
Interestingly, Volvo will sell the new top-of-the-range S90 exclusively with the T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid setup, whereas the regular S90 will also be offered with the lesser units.
Both models will come with the very best Volvo has to offer in terms of safety kit, including Large Animal Detection and the semi-autonomous Pilot Assist system, which will work at speeds of up to 81 mph (130 kph).
Both S90s will benefit from Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration and will come with a new CleanZone air quality system featuring an ionic air cleaner as well as real-time fine particulate matter monitoring in the four-zone climate control system.
Volvo has plans to exhibit both cars at the Guangzhou Motor Show later this month.
In related news, the Geely-owned company has announced production of the current and future 60-series models will take place in Chengdu, Szechuan province in Western China. As for the 40-series cars riding on the new CMA platform, these are going to be assembled at a new factory currently being built in Luqiao located 217 miles (350 km) south of Shanghai. This new plant will also be in charge of producing vehicles for Geely's new brand Lynk & Co. In addition, Volvo is also building a new factory in South Carolina to make SPA-based cars catering the U.S. as well as export markets.