Volvo's uber-luxurious XC90 Excellence debuted at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show last week, but at this point there's no information available regarding pricing for the Swedish marque's forthcoming flagship.
That said, we have learned what buyers will pony up to leave the showroom with more humble variants of the current range-topper, the T8 'Twin Engine' plug-in hybrid. Trim nomenclature and appointments will mirror what we've seen with the T6 gasoline-only models, though there will be a hefty premium—nearly $20k—to step up to the plug-in hybrid powertrain.
The base Momentum versions will begin at $69,095, opening bids for the sporty R-Design models will start at $70,995, and the range-topping Inscription series will list at $72,595. All prices include a $995 delivery charge, though all stickers are certain to inflate as buyers add options.
While the T8 won't arrive in U.S. showrooms until the fall—its cheaper T6 sibling will be available in June—overseas sales for the hybrid models have been brisk, which bodes well for Volvo, which is looking to demonstrate it can compete with the Teutonic triad of Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz in the upper echelons of the luxury SUV market.
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The XC90's styling is certainly on par with anything the Germans can bring to the table, and the technology under the skin is no less impressive. Between its twin-charged—meaning it utilizes both a turbo- and supercharger—2.0-liter engine and electrically-drive rear axle, the big Volvo can get to 60 mph in a hair under six seconds, though realistically, it's unlikely to be bought by anyone looking to bury the throttle at every time the lights turn green.
The more important metric will most likely be how efficient the rival Audi Q7 e-tron quattro, BMW X5 xDrive 40e and Mercedes-Benz GLE550e plug-ins can be when drivers keep their foot out of the carpet. Regardless, we're curious to see how the sole Swedish entry fares in the marketplace.
For more on the all-new 2016 Volvo XC90, be sure to read the full review on our sister site The Car Connection.