Volvo, the Swedish automaker, has unveiled a limited edition of its all-electric EX90 SUV, called the EX90 Excellence, at the Auto Shanghai 2023 motor show. The luxury SUV, which features a host of premium amenities, is aimed at customers who prefer to be chauffeur-driven.
According to the company, the EX90 Excellence is a special edition of the all-electric EX90, which was launched last year. The new vehicle, which is being introduced in China first, features a number of upgrades and tweaks that set it apart from the seven-seater model. The most significant change is the removal of the third-row seats, which have been replaced with two individual seats, each with comfortable soft pillows.
In addition, the EX90 Excellence boasts a number of features designed to enhance the comfort and convenience of passengers in the back seat. These include a fridge between the two seats, where passengers can store a large bottle to quench their thirst with an ice-cold beverage at any time. The centre console also features a touch panel with controls for seat heating and a massage function, as well as a microswitch that controls a fragrance dispenser, supporting up to three different fragrances.
The cabin of the EX90 Excellence is also crafted from premium materials, such as a tailored wool blend or Nordico upholstery, which is made from textiles made from recycled material such as PET bottles and bio-attributed material from forests in Sweden and Finland.
According to Björn Annwall, Chief Commercial Officer and Deputy CEO of Volvo, the EX90 Excellence represents the company’s ability to innovate in the premium segment and meet specific market demands. “It will be offered in China first as the Chinese market is hugely important to our company and the EX90 Excellence is created to meet demand for high-end, chauffeur-driven cars,” he said.
The EX90 Excellence is also packed with advanced technology, including lidar technology as standard from Luminar and a groundbreaking driver understanding system. It is powered by the NVIDIA DRIVE® in-car computing platform with Xavier and Orin system-on-chips, Snapdragon® Cockpit Platforms from Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and in-house developed software by Volvo engineers. The vehicle also benefits from a highly intuitive infotainment system, a Bowers & Wilkins High Fidelity audio system enabled with Dolby Atmos, and a range of up to 650 kilometres on a single charge.
“The Volvo EX90 is a statement for where we are and where we are going,” said Javier Varela, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy CEO of Volvo. “It’s fully electric, designed to further raise our safety standards, the first Volvo car to be truly defined by its software and part of a wider ecosystem, connecting to your home and your other devices. The Volvo EX90 is the start of something new for Volvo Cars in many ways.”
Volvo has set an ambitious target to become a pure electric car brand by 2030, and the launch of the EX90 Excellence is a firm stake in the ground towards achieving that goal. The company has been investing heavily in electric vehicle technology and plans to launch a range of all-electric models in the coming years.