Volvo Introduces XC90 Lounge Console Concept

Passengers can kick back and relax on the road.

by on Apr.21, 2015

Volvo's XC90 Excellence Lounge Concept removes the front passenger seat creating a spacious environment.

American automakers are stretching some of their full-size products to cater to Chinese buyers who often hire chauffeurs to ferry them around while they sit in the back seat. Volvo’s latest concept shows how to do that with a smaller vehicle.

The new Lounge Console concept is an XC90 Excellence – the most opulent version of the SUV – that hit the stage at the Shanghai Motor Show showing how regular sized vehicles can accommodate the busy executive on the go.

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The Excellence is an XC90 that eliminates the third row of seats in favor of allowing the second row to have to fully reclining seats. The Lounge Console also 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.

The Lounge Console features a work table which opens to reveal an illuminated vanity mirror, including a storage tray for jewelry and personal accessories.

“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.”

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The Lounge Console incorporates features designed to enhance 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.

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The table rotates 90 degrees and simultaneously powers forward to display a large 17-inch 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.

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“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 Console is designed to facilitate,” Ingenlath said.

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