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Trevor Collett | Apr, 15 2015 | 1 Comment

Volvo’s XC90 SUV is set to welcome a new flagship model at the Shanghai Auto Show, with one of its primary features satisfying China’s love affair with rear leg room.

Dubbed ‘Excellence’, this XC90 is described by the Swedish carmaker as the most luxurious vehicle ever built in the company’s 88-year history.

As such, the back seat is where most of the luxury can be found, with a two-seat arrangement and all the trimmings.

That brings the XC90’s usual seating capacity down from seven to four, with much of the extra space from the three deleted seats devoted to the two remaining passengers rear of the B-pillar.

The rear seats recline, and are equipped with a massage function and ventilation. Passengers also have folding tables, a refrigerator with bottle and glass holders, a heated or chilled cup holder and a retractable control touchscreen at their fingertips.

Further features include passenger footrests, ambient lighting, illuminated storage, unique leather detailing in ‘blond’ or ‘charcoal’, a luggage compartment dividing screen, additional sound insulation in the cabin, and Pirelli Noise Cancelling System (PNCS) tyres.

There’s a 19-speaker audio system and an air filtration system, while exterior identifiers include chrome strips on the B- and C-pillars along with Excellence signage.

To top it off, crystal glasses made by Swedish glassmaker Orrefors are also standard.

“This is our new flagship car - we have created the ultimate luxury experience of Scandinavian design,” Volvo’s Thomas Ingenlath said.

“Volvo has never launched a car like this before. This is the car that demonstrates what the name Volvo now means.”

Some of Volvo’s regular XC90 powertrain variations will be available in the Excellence, including both four-cylinder turbo-petrol and diesel engines along with the T8 Twin Engine hybrid system - all matched with an eight-speed automatic.

Despite all the indicators pointing to another ‘China-only’ offering, Volvo says the XC90 Excellence will be available “globally” later this year and “via digital commerce in selected markets”.

Whether the Australian market is included in Volvo’s plans or not is yet to be determined, with Volvo Australia's Oliver Peagam telling TMR the new model will be closely monitored in overseas markets and a business case evaluated before a local launch will be considered.

Pricing is also unclear for overseas markets, but expect a significant jump from the present range-topper in the R-Design - priced from $122,950 plus on-roads - if it comes to Australia.

Otherwise, the all-new 2015 Volvo XC90 is set to arrive in Australia in the coming months. Stay tuned to TMR for more.

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