Volvo Cars takes luxury to a new level by unveiling Lounge Console in Shanghai
Volvo Cars has unveiled a new concept at the Shanghai Auto Show that takes executive in-car luxury to a new level. Labelled the Lounge Console, the concept offers busy chauffeur-driven business people the ultimate executive accessory - a compact and versatile solution to expanded storage and comfort. The Lounge Console replaces the front passenger seat, providing a wealth of functions and amenities.
“We started this work by looking at the executive lifestyle. With our progressive approach to premium design and functionality we analyzed the needs and perspective of the chauffeur driven executive, designing the car around him or her in the spirit of our brand’s aim,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President Design at Volvo Car Group. “A key element in our thinking was how to make the available interior space work for the occupants in an optimal and luxurious fashion. Removing the passenger seat enabled us to create an open space that dramatically changes the dynamics of the interior and led to a firework of ideas and new possibilities.”
Having performed ethnographic research to establish the unexpressed and unmet needs of people with a high-profile lifestyle, the designers at Volvo Cars looked at how such needs might be met in one combined offer.
“The intention with this concept is to showcase two things – firstly that Volvo Cars is aware of the needs of our executive customers and secondly, that with design innovation and modern materials we can effectively create passenger experience that is unique in the premium car segment.” added Thomas Ingenlath.
The Lounge Console incorporates features designed toenhance the in-car experience. Volvo Cars’ designers provide a large work table which opens to reveal an illuminated vanity mirror, including a storage tray for jewelry and personal accessories or make-up. The table rotates 90 degrees and simultaneously powers forward to display a large 17” media screen for a full in-car theater experience. Below the cushioned leg rest is an additional area for shoes. For added security Volvo Cars has included a lockable storage box. The removal of the front passenger seat allows for full forward vision creating a uniquely spacious environment.
“People who are on the move and have a hectic lifestyle going from event to event or meeting to meeting need some space, some luxury time, and the opportunity to relax and refresh themselves for the next engagement. This is ultimately what the Lounge Consoleis designed to facilitate,” concluded Thomas Ingenlath.
Ultra Luxury Four Seat Volvo XC90 Unveiled at Shanghai Auto show
The four-seat luxury XC90 sport utility vehicle (SUV), dubbed the XC90 Excellence, has been crafted by Volvo’s designers and engineers to offer customers a distinct and individual automotive experience that incorporates the latest Scandinavian innovations in design, refinement, comfort and style.
Based on Volvo’s all new seven-seat XC90, this model features exceptional space and luxury. By taking the design of Volvo’s new generation front seats and adding them in the rear cabin, the four-seat XC90 offers front seat luxury and comfort for all four passengers. Now rear seat passengers can enjoy the safety, comfort and support of Volvo’s new front seat design while also benefiting from an enormous amount of additional space.
The cabin offers a true Scandinavian sanctuary that begins with broad, spacious individual reclining rear seats complete with massage, ventilation and increased leg room with footrests. These features are accompanied 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.
Passengers will enjoy a specially-augmented Bowers & Wilkins audio system that adds an extra speaker, creating a 20 speaker high fidelity sound system with an unparalleled surround sound experience for rear seat passengers. The cabin also benefits from additional sound insulation thanks to the Pirelli Noise Cancelling System tires (PNCS) and privacy from the luggage compartment dividing screen.
“This is our new flagship car,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President, Design. “We have created the ultimate experience of Scandinavian luxury. What we have designed is amongst the best rear seat experience available in a luxury car,” said Mr. Ingenlath “The result is a superlative environment for relaxed comfort or doing business.”
Reinforcing the Swedish love of fresh air, the XC90 also comes with an integrated ionic air cleaner in the CleanZone climate system. The ionic air cleaner works by positively charging electrons in airborne particles (dust or smoke for example) so they are removed from the cabin environment.
The four-seat XC90 offers a leather instrument panel with contrasting stitching and distinctive leather detailing in blond or charcoal with a color coordinated headliner made of pure Nubuck textile. Exterior styling differentiators include chrome B- and C-pillar cappings and lower door moldings.
This model incorporates the features that underpin all XC90’s, such as world leading safety features, new powertrain technologies and an unrivalled combination of power and fuel efficiency.
Volvo’s all new seven-seat XC90, revealed in August 2014, is proving to be extremely popular with customers. Over 24,000 have been ordered globally before ever reaching a Volvo retailer. This accounts for approximately half of Volvo’s expected volume for the car in 2015.
The new ultra luxury four-seat XC90 will be available globally later this year and via digital commerce in selected markets.
Volvo Announces Pricing of All New XC90 T8 Twin Engine Plug In Electric
Rockleigh, N.J. (April 14, 2015) – Volvo Cars will bring the world’s first seven passenger plug-in hybrid electric vehicle to the United States this summer with the XC90 T8 Twin Engine. Powered by Volvo’s 2.0 liter supercharged and turbocharged Drive-E engine and a rear axle electric motor, the T8 can achieve 394 horsepower and 0-60 MPH in just 5.7 seconds.
With uncompromising performance and flexibility, drivers can choose to operate the T8 in a variety of modes, including:
- Hybrid: As the default mode, it is suitable for everyday use and the XC90 will automatically alternate between drawing power from the 2.0 liter supercharged and turbocharged Drive-E engine and the electric motor to deliver the optimum overall fuel economy.
- Pure electric: This mode is used primarily in a city environment although it can power the car up to highway speeds. When the high-voltage battery is fully charged, it serves as the car’s sole energy source, powering the electric motor over the rear axle. Preliminary testing based on EPA criteria produced an estimated range of 17 miles using just electricity, which represents a high percentage of drivers’ typical daily usage.
- Power mode: This utilizes the combined performance of the combustion engine and the electric motor. On start-up, the XC90 T8 takes advantage of the electric motor’s superior response and instant torque curve, while the combustion engine gets up to speed. This combination offers better torque at lower revs, which is equivalent to that of a large displacement engine.
Because of the XC90 T8’s plug-in hybrid battery technology, consumers may be eligible for a federal tax credit up to an estimated $4,600 in addition to other local and state incentives. T8 customers should consult a tax professional to determine eligibility.
The XC90 T8 combines the best of Scandinavian craftsmanship and style with uncompromising performance and interior enhancements. Each T8 features “Thor’s Hammer” LED headlights, power front seat cushion extensions, high level interior illumination and a hand blown Orrefors® crystal gear shift. The MSRP of the XC90 T8 Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid Momentum is $68,100, not including any tax credit incentives or $995 destination charge.
The XC90 T8 Inscription provides an even higher level of luxury and elegance. Linear wood inlays, luxurious Nappa leather seats, dashboard and door panels provide the ultimate Scandinavian sanctuary for drivers and passengers. Rear exterior chrome accents and mirror covers accompany a unique, silver matte front grill. The MSRP of the XC90 T8 Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid Inscription is $71,600, not including any tax credit incentives or $995 destination charge.
The XC90 T8 R-Design highlights the car’s sporty performance with external features including a piano black front grille, R-Design lower front spoiler, dual integrated tail pipes and matte silver mirror covers and window trim. A performance-focused interior design awaits drivers with Nubuck and Nappa leather contour seats, steering wheel gear shift paddles, a perforated leather gear shift and steering wheel. The MSRP of the XC90 T8 Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid R-Design is $70,000, not including any tax credit incentives or $995 destination charge.
The XC90 has already received tremendous praise by customers and industry leaders. After winning this year’s prestigious Red Dot “Best of the Best” Product Design Award, preorders approached 24,000 cars globally; this is approximately half of the first year’s expected volume.
The XC90 T8 is expected to arrive at Volvo retailers in North America this fall, but test drives of the XC90 T6 will be available at Volvo retailers shortly.