Volvo Car Malaysia has introduced its flagship premium sedan, the Volvo S90 T8 Twin Engine. Adding to its product line-up, the new release strengthens the marque’s offer within the most traditional segment of the automotive industry. Indicative of the brand’s approach to powertrain design, the turbo- and supercharged petrol engine powers the front as well as an electric motor that drives the rear axle.

The above amalgamation is responsible for the vehicle’s ability to produce a combined output of 407 horsepower (235 kW internal combustion engine + 65 kW electric motor) and an all-out torque of 640 Newton meters (400 Nm internal combustion engine + 240 Nm electric motor). The cultivation of said innovative structure has paved the way for the automaker’s Scalable Product Architecture platform.


Designed to incorporate electrified powertrains from the start, the technology in play allows for the hybrid battery to be placed in the tunnel of the car, replacing the propeller shaft. Said placement strategy lowers the center of gravity of the car, therefore, improving handling. Additional benefits of the move are that it frees up precious cargo space and protects the battery from external impacts at the same.

“Our approach to engine design stems from the need to deliver uncompromising performance, efficiency, and space. Having hybrid components cleverly integrated into the design differentiates us from the other hybrids in the market,” said Lennart Stegland, the MD of Volvo Car Malaysia.

The S90 T8 Twin Engine has the capacity to go from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in a mere 4.8 seconds, and achieve a pure electric range of 50 km with its 10.4 kWh hybrid battery. The variant is offered at two trim levels namely Inscription and Inscription Plus, with the latter debuting Premium Sound by Bowers & Wilkins—a 19-speaker sound system which features a 12-channel Class-D amplifier.


From Aluminium Nautilus tweeters to Kevlar midrange drivers to long-throw Technora woofers, Bower & Wilkins’ core technologies throughout the Inscription Plus can be savoured via three sound presets: Studio, Stage, and Concert Hall. The model’s air suspensions, with an electronic dampener system, offer impeccable rear alignment, irrespective of load, as well as adapt to all road and driving conditions.

Priced at RM368,888 and RM388,888 (without insurance) respectively, both trim levels share a standard equipment suite which includes park assist with park assist pilot, a 360˚ surround view camera, blind spot information system with cross traffic alert, lane keeping aid, two-stage integrated booster seats as well as comfort seats with fine Nappa leather, alongside a handmade Orrefors Crystal gear lever.

Orders placed before 31 October will be offered at the reduced rates of RM348,888 and 368,888. The locally-produced S90 T8 Twin Engine is the second plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) to roll out of the automotive manufacturer’s production facility in Shah Alam. Said success follows significant investment in the assembly of models constructed in tandem with the Scalable Product Architecture platform.


Standard across all models, Volvo’s City Safety technology combines the systems of automatic braking and collision avoidance to cover a range of potential accident scenarios. However, the new S90 takes functionality further with the provision of Large Animal Detection as an assistive tool. An auto-steer feature dubbed Run Off Road Mitigation, which helps keep the driver on the road, has also been added.

The S90 T8 launches with IntelliSafe Assist, which entails Adaptive Cruise Control and Distance Alert. Additionally, an advanced semi-autonomous drive feature called Pilot Assist enables gentle steering input to keep the car properly aligned within lane markings (up to motorway speeds of around 130 kilometers per hour. Another step towards a full autonomous drive, it is a key innovation area for the car brand.















Text: Deborah Joy Peter