Volvo -- a carmaker not typically known for its flash -- has unveiled a luxe version of its high-end S90 for the Chinese market. The move is part of a reboot under a new owner to position Volvo as a world-class exporter. These luxe cars and a handful of other models will be produced in China, not Sweden, where the company is headquartered. Some say the shift helps it better compete with other automakers in one of the world's top markets.
The upgrade provide the Jeeves experience. First off, there’s no front passenger seat. In that seat’s place is a special console that can store shoes, serve as a footrest or give a backseat passenger with long legs space to stretch out.
The change (previewed at the Shanghai Motor Show in 2015) helps “meet the chauffeur-driven executive customers’ need to relax or work while on the move,” a Volvo design executive explained in a statement.
A backseat console includes a small built-in refrigerator. It’s large enough for two bottles of bubbly and comes complete with two handmade crystal glasses (from Orrefors, the esteemed Swedish glassmaker).
A fold-out worktable can keep mobile moguls productive as can a special display screen that appears at the tap of a finger (and can replace your laptop screen). The display can be used for work or entertainment, with a system that’s compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Of course, the car is semi-autonomous and its safety systems cover cities and rural areas. There’s even a feature called Large Animal Protection.
The car’s price has not yet been announced.