Volvo XC90 T8 Excellence Hybrid, the luxury SUV's top-of-the-line variant and the country's first plug-in hybrid SUV, has been launched in India at ₹ 1.25 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi). Showcased for the first time at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show, the XC90 Excellence is deemed the not only the 'most luxurious SUV in Volvo Cars' 89-year history' but is also one of the most expensive cars to be rolled out of the Swedish automaker's stables. It must be noted Volvo offers the four-seat variant in select markets across the globe, such as Switzerland, France, Belgium, and Luxembourg. It is being introduced only on the T8 petrol hybrid variant and we have the exclusive review of the T8 hybrid for you on our site too.
At the event, Tom von Bonsdorff, Managing Director, Volvo Auto India, "The XC90 T8 Excellence sets industry benchmarks for the environment for the environment-friendly efficiency and emission while enveloping customer in first-class Swedish luxury. It is not only a segment-first but India's first plug-in hybrid SUV and we see a lot of interest from our more affluent customers, who prefer to experience 'responsible' luxury." He also mentioned that Volvo India has received about 50 pre-orders for the XC90 T8 Excellence.
Built on the company's modular Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), the Volvo XC90 Excellence's name, and the price for that matter, bespeaks of the affluence on offer and then some. Among the myriad of extravagant features on offer, one of the most distinguished are the individual electronically-adjustable reclinable rear seats with massage & ventilation functions, and added legroom with footrests. These provisions are complemented by ambient lighting, illuminated storage, a retractable control touchscreen, folding tables, a refrigerator with bottle and glass holders, a heated/chilled cup holder, and handmade crystal glasses from leading Swedish company, Orrefors. Oh, and it also gets an Orrefors crystal gear shifter.
Volvo also offers a leather instrument panel with contrasting stitching and distinctive leather detailing in blond or charcoal with a colour co-ordinated headliner made of pure Nubuck textile on the four-seater Excellence. For entertainment, the car benefits from a specially-augmented Bowers & Wilkins audio system and additional sound insulation via the Pirelli Noise Cancelling System tyres (PNCS). Outside, the Volvo XC90 Excellence sports chrome B- and C-pillar cappings and lower door mouldings as styling differentiators.
The AWD Volvo XC90 Excellence derives power from the company's T8 Twin-Engine Plug-in Hybrid Electric powertrain (2.0-litre supercharged and turbocharged petrol engine + 9.2kWh Lithium-ion battery). Mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, the SUV offers a combined power output of nearly 402bhp and develops a maximum torque of 640Nm. For safety, it receives the same provisions as the XC90 T8 Inscription, Momentum, and R-Design.