This sure look like seating on a latest and greatest aircraft cabin above economy class, but not so. Luxurious and comfortable looking seating concept belong to Swedish automaker Volvo’s XC90 Excellence. Unveiled during the Shanghai Motor Show, the Volvo Lounge Console design is a major departure from any seating configuration we have seen on a four door before. Designed with business executives and VIP’s in mind, Volvo describes the concept as attending to “the needs and perspective of the chauffeur driven executive.”
They have completely removed the front passenger seat, the result is a three-seat car with plenty of leg room for that all important executive. Their research efforts found out what people with high-profile looking for in a luxury car. In this connected world with computers, tablets, and whatnots a large work table is a must have. Volvo designers managed to create a multi-purpose work table that also has an illuminated vanity mirror and a storage tray for jewelry, make up, and such. Once you rotate the table 90 degrees a large 17-inch monitor appears. There is also a lock box for valuables, a shoe drawer, and a footrest.
“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. He also added “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 Volvo Lounge Console is designed to facilitate.”