Based on the range-topping T8 plug-in hybrid, the Excellence is touted by the Gothenburg firm as being the "ultimate expression of Swedish luxury" with absolute luxury for four occupants.
Compared to the standard XC90, the Excellence, aside from eschewing its traditional seven-seat configuration, comes fitted with bespoke Nappa leather heated, cooled and massaging seats, genuine walnut and aluminium interior inserts, Orrefors crystal gear lever and two hand-made champagne glasses resembling a flute hidden in the rear centre console, full electric rear seats, a build-in foot rest and refrigerator.
With emphasis being placed on rear seat comfort, additional items to those already mentioned include a extended rear control panel, glass partition, removable tablets and folding tray tables.
Other standard items consist of 21-inch alloy wheels, four-zone climate control with CleanZone air quality system, nine-inch SensusConnect infotainment system incorporating satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, automatic load cover, 20-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system, Head-Up Display, four-corner air suspension, panoramic roof and internet connectivity.
As ever, safety has not been skipped upon with 360-degree surround view, Pilot Assist with semi-autonomous driving up 130 km/h, Park Pilot Assist with all around parking sensors and Park Out function, City Safety autonomous braking, Road Sign Recognition, Intersection Autobrake, Pedestrian, cyclist and large animal detection, Run-off-road Mitigation and Protection with impact-absorbing seats, Lane Keeping Aid, Blind spot Information System (BLIS) with Cross Traffic Alert (CTA) and Adaptive Cruise Control.
Motivation is unchanged from the standard T8 with a 235 kW / 350 N.m 2.0-litre Drive-E turbo / supercharged petrol engine driving the front wheels through a eight-speed Geartronic box, while a rear axle mounted 9.2 kWh battery-pack makes for a total output of 300 kW and 640 N.m.
A five year / 100 000 maintenance plan is included in the R1 550 000 sticker price.
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