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.
Gallery: China-built 2017 Volvo S90
Volvo Cars unveils new version of the S90 sedan and top-of-the-line S90 Excellence in Shanghai, marking a new era for car-making in China
Volvo Cars, the premium carmaker, has unveiled a new upgraded China version of its S90 sedan and a top-of-the-line luxury model called S90 Excellence, both 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 Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO, Volvo Car Group.
Volvo has paved the way in developing China’s exports of cars to global markets. It 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.
Both the S90 cars underscore Volvo’s credentials as a premium car maker.
“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 option.
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.
The new S90 goes into production in November. The S90 Excellence follows next year.