An upgraded version of the Volvo S90 has been introduced for China, with the customary longer wheelbase made specifically for the market. A more exclusive, luxurious and oddly, three-seat version called the S90 Excellence (previewed earlier this year) also made its global debut there.

While not badged as such (the standard version will not be sold in China), we are referring to the long-wheelbase model (stretched by 120 mm) as the Volvo S90 L here for posterity. Described as the “most premium car ever made in China,” it will be built in Volvo’s production facility in Daqing, China, to be exported globally.

Based on the long-wheelbase model, the Volvo S90 Excellence is a strict three-seater (unlike the four-seat XC90 Excellence), with the front passenger seat replaced with a so-called “Lounge Console” designed for chauffeur-driven executives. High quality materials throughout the cabin also delivers a “well-thought-through and immersive luxury feel,” claims Volvo.

Volvo S90 Excellence exterior front 3/4

It gets exclusive features such as a full panoramic roof, foldout worktables, extra storage spaces, a heated and cooled cup holder, an adjustable footrest and a built-in entertainment system with an integrated large display. There’s also a rear-seat touchscreen control interface, a built-in fridge and handmade crystal glasses from Swedish glassmaker Orrefors.

The S90 Excellence is available exclusively with the top-of-the-range T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain (like the one in the Malaysian-market XC90 SUV), while the standard S90 L adds on the option of more affordable T4 and T5 petrol engines.



GALLERY: Volvo S90 L


GALLERY: Volvo S90 Excellence