Luxury automobile concepts almost always are impressive. But the new Volvo XC90 SUV concept, unveiled at the recent 2015 Shanghai Auto Show, puts most to shame - particularly on the inside.
"We understand that most high-level executives are chauffer driven," said Volvo's Senior Vice President of Design Thomas Ingenlath in a promotional video about the inspiration behind the development of the XC90. So, designers set out to replicate that experience for others.
To that end, most noticeable is the removal of the front passenger seat, replaced with a lounge console that doubles as an ottoman for tired feet and a storage space for kicked-off shoes and features a massive 17-inch multimedia screen. The screen unit also folds down to lap-level and becomes a tray table that opens up for easy storage of cufflinks, watches, jewelry and cosmetics, allowing passengers to quickly freshen up their appearance throughout the day.
"The lounge console was created to provide a space for personalization in the car," said Chief Interior Designer Tisha Johnson. "It's designed to be practical but also beautiful and a fitting addition to a well-defined luxury experience.
Seats recline and massage, and the ride comes with a built-in champagne chiller and a set of crystal champagne flutes. The Swedish automaker also introduced a version of the XC90 equipped with a pair of captain's chairs similar to those found in private jets.
Consider us here at E3 Spark Plugs duly impressed. What are your thoughts? Would you opt for a luxury console setup in your ride? What other dream features would you include? Post your ideas on the E3 Spark Plugs Facebook Fan Page.