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Chicago 2017: Volvo XC90 Excellence plug-in hybrid combines luxury with efficiency (video)

The Volvo XC90 Excellence plug-in hybrid SUV made a first appearance at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show today as a 4-passenger, ultra-luxurious variant of the award-winning XC90, delivering a level of luxury, craftsmanship, and comfort not previously seen in the company’s offerings.

The driver and front passenger seats are duplicated to form the vehicle’s second row, fundamentally changing the car’s configuration. Indeed, with just four seats instead of seven, the additional space is utilized to offer a first-class automotive experience that begins with broad, spacious individual reclining rear seats complete with massage, ventilation, and increased legroom, as well as a retractable control touchscreen, folding tables, a refrigerator with bottle and glass holders, a heating/cooling cup holder and handmade crystal glasses from leading Swedish glass design company, Orrefors.

The presence of Nappa leather and open-pore wood, a signature of the XC90 Inscription, is expanded throughout the interior, while a partition isolates the passenger space from the cargo area. This ensures an ultra-quiet environment to enjoy the 20-speaker, 1400W Bowers & Wilkins sound system.

The XC90 Excellence is offered exclusively with the Swedish automaker’s 400-horsepower T8 Twin-Engine Plug-in Hybrid Electric powertrain with an Orrefors crystal gear shifter.

“The Volvo XC90 Excellence is a fantastic expanded version of Volvo’s idea of luxury. It brings together fantastic materials, uncompromising safety and performance into an amazing package,” said Lex Kerssemakers, President and CEO of Volvo Car USA, “This car exposes Volvo to a new type of buyer.”