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Volvo Car Malaysia has introduced the successor to its premium mid-sized SUV in Malaysia with the official launch of the new Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine, fully imported from Sweden. The new generation XC60 replaces the original model which has sold nearly a million units globally and represents the Volvo’s total global sales.

Volvo XC60 Launch

“We have a strong heritage in crafting stylish and dynamic SUVs that feature the latest in technology – the new XC60 will be no exception,” said Lennart Stegland, Managing Director, Volvo Car Malaysia. Developed on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, the XC60 shares similar body proportions of its larger siblings with a more expressive exterior and interior design.

Volvo XC60 Launch

“The exterior has an athletic sculpture with a subtle, timeless quality. The interior is a masterful composition of well-resolved architecture and beautiful materials, all perfectly blended together,” added Stegland.

And of course being a Volvo, the new XC60 scores a near perfect 98% in the Adult Occupant category and 95% in the Large Off-Road vehicle class, thus awarded Best Overall Performance by the Euro NCAP in 2017. The near perfect scores were possible due to the mid-size SUV’s ability to benefit and improve on the IntelliSafe safety technologies featured in the V and S90, which included its driver support, and active safety systems – the first range of models built on the SPA platform.

Volvo XC60 Launch

“Volvo has a vision that by the year 2020, no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car – this recent award underlines our leadership in safety technologies and makes the new XC60 one of the safest cars that we have ever made,” said Stegland.

Volvo XC60 Launch

IntelliSafe, which comes standard in the new XC60, will include the usual staple of active, preventive and protective safety systems such as City Safety (Autonomous Emergency Braking), BLIS (Blind Spot Information System), and Rear Collision Warning and Mitigation, just to name a few. Both City Safety and BLIS now features Steer Assist, a system that provides automatic steering assistance that will – when required – avoid potential collisions. City Safety detects and helps avoid collisions with other vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, and large animals.

Volvo XC60 Launch

Oncoming Lane Mitigation is a new system included in the new XC60; it helps drivers avoid collisions with vehicles in an oncoming lane by alerting, and if necessary, provide automatic steering assistance to guide the car out of the path of the oncoming vehicle. Another defining feature included in the new XC60 is Volvo’s Pilot Assist – an advanced semi-autonomous driver assistance system that takes care of steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads up to 130 km/h, will also be available in the new XC60.

Volvo XC60 Launch

Besides safety, Volvo has been taking performance quite seriously, which the T8 Twin Engine combines a turbocharged and supercharged petrol engine with an electric motor that independently drives the rear axle to produce a combined output of 407 hp (320 hp internal combustion engine + 87 hp electric motor) and 640 Nm (400 Nm internal combustion engine + 240 Nm electric motor) of torque. That said, the range-topping XC60 provides sports car performance figures with small car fuel efficiency; a century sprint of only 5.3 s and a very efficient 2.1 litre of fuel consumed for every 100 km travelled and a pure electric range of 45 km (NEDC Hybrid Combined Cycle) from a 10.4 kWh hybrid battery which is centrally located in the tunnel of the car.

Volvo XC60 Launch

In addition of getting brute power and frugal fuel consumption, the XC60 T8 will be offered in the Inscription and Inscription Plus trim level, with the latter being equipped with the Premium Sound by Bowers & Wilkins; a 15-speaker sound system that supplies an astonishing 1,100 watts through a 10-channel Class-D amplifier.

Volvo XC60 Launch

The fully-imported CBU XC60 T8 Twin Engine Inscription Plus is priced at RM373,888 OTR without insurance to complement the locally assembled range for the new XC60 that will be introduced at a later date. The locally assembled XC60 will be offered in two engine variants, namely, the T8 Twin Engine and T5. The T8 Twin Engine will be offered in two trim levels – Inscription and Inscription Plus; while the T5 will be offered in a single trim level.

Volvo XC60 Launch

Volvo Car Malaysia has released prices for the CKD XC60 models ahead of their official launch: at the top of the food chain, the XC60 T8 Twin Engine Inscription Plus will be priced at RM343,888; the mid-range XC60 T8 Twin Engine Inscription will carry a price tag of RM333,888; and the entry-level XC60 T5 will be priced at RM298,888, all prices are OTR without insurance.

Volvo XC60 Launch

Customers are free to choose from five exterior colours include Ice White, Bright Silver, Osmium Grey, Onyx Black and Maple Brown. In response to customer demands, Volvo Car Malaysia has also added a second leather upholstery colour for the locally assembled variant – Maroon Brown – which will complement the usual Charcoal. Full specifications and features of the locally-assembled XC60 variants will be revealed in the months ahead but interested customers may already place their bookings for their preferred variant, starting today, at all authorised Volvo dealers.

[Bryan Au]

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