By on March 29, 2014

Volvo-Inscription-Package _4_

Some news from Volvo. No, it’s not about the Chinese market S60L; you still can’t have that. But what you can have might be enough.

Volvo-Inscription-Package _3_

Quoth the folks who requote the press releases at AutoGuide:

Buyers of the XC60 and S80 can equip their cars with the upgrade, known as the inscription package. It includes Inscription Sovereign Hide leather seats, a leather covered instrument panel, wood inlays, and an embroidered Inscription logo along with unique floor mats. Three different paint finishes, crystal white pearl, electric silver or ember black, are available with the package along with 19- or 20-inch ten spoke wheels.

The package won’t affect performance, but Volvo also announced that every vehicle in its lineup can now be had with a Drive-E engine. This lineup of four-cylinder engines use turbocharging or a combination of turbocharging and supercharging to deliver equivalent power to today’s larger engines, all while being more efficient.

In the U.S., the Drive-E lineup consists of a a 2.0-liter I4 producing 240 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque and a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter making 302 hp and 295 lb-ft.

I just checked the Volvo Configurator for the United States and the Inscription package isn’t yet available. I’d spent a lot of time on there when I was choosing my current car — the S80 was kind of a weird dark horse in my selection matrix — and it doesn’t look like anything’s changed since then. It’s still easy as pie to drop fifty grand on an S80 without it, however. As long as you believe in the company and its mission, that’s probably okay.

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57 Comments on “Volvo Pimps Its Own Ride, With Trim And Turbos...”


  • avatar

    No matter what the quality of your interior…
    No matter how sexy you think your exterior is…
    No matter how fast your car is…
    No matter how well it goes around curves…

    No one CARES about it until rappers rap about it and the music video passes 20 million views.

    Notice there is no song called: “I woke up in a new Hennessey Venom GT”

    I haven’t seen any Volvos being rapped about yet – nor on the covers of mix tapes.

    The word “pimp” used in the same sentence as “Volvo” holds no coherency.

  • avatar

    Dare I squeeze three at your Volvo XC…

    Also, why not just call it the EMBROIDERY Edition? Inscription – week.

    Finally, is this special leather the same garbage factory leather that festoons every Volvo as of late?

    • 0 avatar
      Carfan94

      No it isn’t it’s Sovereign hide leather and it IS an upgrade from the regular leather.

    • 0 avatar
      WhiskerDaVinci

      The “standard” leather in my C70 is nicer than what comes standard in Audi, standard from Caddy, and standard in BMW from all of the time I’ve spent going to car dealerships to look at cars for fun. The Sovereign stuff that I have in my Inscription S80 is even nicer though, so yes. It is upgraded, and quite nice. Smells like high quality leather while sitting in a showroom, which few car companies can claim about their leather at least haha.

      I’ve read that people think the standard leather in a Volvo is cheap or poor quality because of its quality. They don’t bathe it in quite as many chemicals in the same way other marques do, so if you don’t take proper care of it through cleanings/conditioning it every month or two, it can show wear earlier. Which I have seen before on somewhat regular basis. But it’s a nice smelling, thick hide that comes standard, just requires more care. I’d rather have to condition it every month or two, and have it smell like leather than it have it last forever but smell and feel like plastic. That kind of defeats the purpose of having it.

      • 0 avatar
        pb35

        The leather on my ’07 XC90 sport seats is holding up great and still looks nearly new with some wear, like a nice leather couch.

        • 0 avatar
          Carfan94

          The leather in MY ’07 XC90 looks like sh*t, but it does have 139,000 miles on it, and i’m not the first owner, and it was bad when I got it.

          • 0 avatar
            pb35

            Yeah, I purchased mine new and have applied Coach leather conditioner on a regular basis since taking delivery. I only have 58k too. Also, my sport seats appear to be constructed of 2 types of leather, grainy and smooth.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            Volvo leather does not hold up well, especially in lighter colors.

    • 0 avatar
      360joules

      What an awful name. How about the Recircumcision: Alte Yenta Edition (what to drive when the Bris fails)? The Intussusception Edition for when your bowels fold in upon themselves? How about the Inception Edition when mind-ninjas plant a secret desire to own a car model? Obviously a focus group failure. How about MyVolvo or the Apple version: miVolvo? Please send the royalties to 360joules@greed.com!

      • 0 avatar
        Lorenzo

        I’m just happy it’s a NAME and not a number/letter combination. Maybe it’ll start a trend, and American companies can trump imports with a return to classic model names like Cougar, Wildcat, and Brougham Colonnade.

    • 0 avatar
      tremorcontrol

      The leather in current Volvos is actually really good. I wouldn’t listen to anyone who misspells “weak” as “week” and uses a word like “festoon”. I do agree the “inscription” branding thing is really stupid. they should just make it a standard part of Volvos to take it up a level.

      • 0 avatar
        Carfan94

        @ tremorcontrol

        Someone at Swedespeed summed it pretty well “The leather in the XC90s is nice and soft when it’s BRAND new, but otherwise it’s very poor quality. They start to look like crap very quickly — especially the lighter colors.” And I agree completely.

  • avatar
    Kenmore

    That zillion-pokey-holes seat material reminds me of old VWs and makes me happy.

  • avatar
    White Shadow

    For the record, driving a Volvo has never been cool.

  • avatar
    ajla

    The greatest thing about Volvo today is that EVERY vehicle in their current lineup has a 3500lb towing capacity at minimum.

    So a FWD I4 turbo S60 is rated to tow 3500, but a Charger V8 is at 1000lbs and an ’11 Town Car at 2000.

    • 0 avatar
      HerrKaLeun

      I’m sure the ability to trailer twice the compost to the garden is high on the priority list of wannabe luxury car owners…..

      • 0 avatar
        ajla

        I doubt many S60 or S80 shoppers would care, but it might be a selling point for V60 or XC70 buyers.

        If Volvo is going to play in niche segments, they might as well embrace it.

        • 0 avatar
          cpthaddock

          In other markets it’s common to see all kinds of cars, most of which we would deem unsuited, towing household detritus to the local landfill.

          Think back to Top Gear’s earlier rants and segments about “caravaning” in the UK. It’s not at all uncommon for woefully inadequate vehicles to be used in this application.

      • 0 avatar

        It is exactly why Russians love Volvos – to tow composts to dacha to grow produce and tow produce back to town to consume – the survival instinct developed after several revolutions and wars in the row in XX century. Volvos are very popular in Russia also because they are (were) built like tanks, nice bonus. Now that China controls Volvo I am not sure it is a good idea because next war most likely will be with China.

        • 0 avatar
          tremorcontrol

          oh wow, look! — a xenophobic generalization supported with no evidence that tries to insult people from multiple countries! nice. Can’t wait for the Range Rover-Jaguar analysis about India!

          • 0 avatar
            Kenmore

            Are you on duty all weekend? Must be the new guy, eh?

            Well, PC Patrol is a tough job. It’s how I started out.

            Thank you for your service.

  • avatar
    pb35

    The Inscription package has been available for quite some time on S80s. My local dealer here in Austin has a CPO 2013 in Ember Black and it’s a beauty. Not sure why Inscription fell off the configurator, I’ve seen it there in the past. Kudos for some Volvo coverage, Jack. Not enough of it out there these days.

    • 0 avatar
      PrincipalDan

      How about an “INCEPTION” package…

      Dreams feel real while we’re in them. It’s only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange.

  • avatar
    Mandalorian

    I really want to like Volvos, but I just can’t.

    I liked the XC90. I didn’t care that the design was old. But dropping the V8 the year I was in the market was a bad move, Volvo. Also the stupid split tailgate needs to leave.

  • avatar
    raincoaster

    So the inscription has to say inscription, or can I pick my own?

    • 0 avatar
      cpthaddock

      Got me thinking that “inscription” might have been the product development placeholder for the name they eventually intended to decide on.

      In the world of special editions, both clergy and OBGYN’s ought to have the option for a “conception” edition and might Hummer’s fortunes have seen a boost from a “Conscription” edition?

      • 0 avatar
        CRConrad

        Up here in Scandalahoovia where English isn’t (quite, yet) the native language, it’s not too rare to see Edition editions of stuff, including cars.

    • 0 avatar
      iganpo

      That’s what I was wondering too. Free engraving if you order online.

  • avatar
    vt8919

    Wow, I thought the Inscription written on that head rest was just a placeholder or a parody pic of interiors with inscriptions on the seats. There’s actually an Inscription Edition Volvo?

  • avatar
    Advance_92

    Too bad you can’t get one customized with a clutch.

  • avatar
    Chiburb

    Mrs. Chiburb has the 2012 C70 Inscription which included Polestar tuning, upgraded leather, sport wheels, and a black grill. She/we have never seen another one on the road as I think only 500 were offered in North America.
    To this day we thank Mr. Lang for his review here at TTAC which brought it to her attention.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    I don’t get why this has just come about as “news” on auto sites the past couple days. I heard about this ages ago, and I looked it up again just to verify my information.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVq4bdhWg7A

    Here’s an AutoTrader review published back on 6/27/13 of an S80 with Inscription package. So this really is NOT news. I’ve also seen S80s previously on Ebay, used(!) with the Inscription package.


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