Volvo is bringing its much touted Excellence Trim available on the XC90 to India. The Excellence option is only on offer in select markets and India gets to be one of them. The regular XC90 Inscription trim cabin is already pretty upscale, but the Excellence adds to that. It is being introduced only on the T8 petrol hybrid variant that launches this month. We have the exclusive review of the T8 hybrid for you on our site too. Those who opt for the hybrid in the 7-seater avatar will get the Inscription top-end trim.
The Excellence is quite literally the lap of luxury - and that's precisely what Volvo is going for. The big highlight - the individual seats at the rear, making this car a 4-seater. The seats themselves are very comfortable; they can be reclined and of course adjusted electrically. They are great for long drives and obviously for those who plan to be chauffeured for the most part. They also have a massage function - which along with the rest of the seat functions (including ventilated cooling and seat heating) can be operated using a pop-up touchscreen that sits between the two seats. That's a nice little touch. Another 'business class feature' is the tray tables that can be folded out of the central arm rest. The arm rest also has a storage bin housed below it which contains charging and USB points.
At the rear, between the seats is the in-car refrigerator - or should I say champagne cooler! The Excellence comes with its own exclusive set of crystal glasses and special champagne flute holders, that can be housed inside the fridge to keep them cool! The fridge can take up to two bottles of champagne - or your preferred beverage. There is a holder between the seats to stick the specially designed flutes too - they do not have a base and have to be inserted into the holder to stay upright. The car's cabin is also shut off from the cargo area by a glass partition which helps keep it quieter, and cool quicker.
All this luxury will cost you - the Excellence trim 4-seater XC90 T8 will be priced at Rs 1.2 Crore. You can opt for the 7 seater version of the T8 too as I said. There are two versions of the interior - that can be finished in black or beige. The T8 will be on offer from next week and Volvo will only import the cars against orders.