|Volvo Car Malaysia today unveiled the all-new Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine. The arrival of the all-new XC90 in Malaysia will mark a new chapter in Volvo’s transformation plan that started almost five years ago.|
The XC90 is a premium seven-seat SUV, equipped with world-leading safety technologies and powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain that delivers an unrivalled combination of power, fuel efficiency and low emissions.
The all-new XC90 will be the first Volvo model built on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) modular chassis technology. SPA is part of the Volvo-by-Volvo strategy and forms the cornerstone of the company’s USD 11 billion transformation plan.
The new modular architecture will also allow Volvo to retain or improve on safety features without compromising on design, size or weight. Thanks to the extensive use of high-strength boron steel, cars built on SPA can be made more compact and safer at the same time.
The innovative electrical architecture in SPA elevates the car’s intelligence level significantly. It is designed to integrate with new technologies such as microprocessor, sensor and camera technology, with greater ease. This facilitates the introduction of new accident-preventing safety solutions and enables rapid introduction of new multimedia and connectivity options.
“Our decision to bring in the T8 Twin Engine variant was bolstered by the government’s ambition to turn Malaysia into an ASEAN hub for Energy Efficient Vehicles (EEV), in line with the National Automotive Policy. We are very thankful to have the support of all relevant government agencies and ministries in helping us bring this technologically advanced plug-in hybrid here,” says Keith Schäfer, Managing Director, Volvo Car Malaysia.
The T8 Twin Engine is Volvo’s most powerful powertrain offer for the SPA platform. The T8 Twin Engine utilises a combination of a 4-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor that outputs a total power of 407hp and 640Nm of torque, whilst still delivering a combined fuel consumption of 2.1l/100km and CO2 emissions as low as 49g/km. The Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine goes from naught to 100km/h in only 5.6 seconds.
The standard safety package for the XC90 T8 Twin Engine will include two world first safety technologies: a run-off road protection package and auto brake at intersection capability. These innovations will form part of a suite of safety features that will make the all-new XC90 one of the safest cars ever made.
The range-topping Inscription trim is standard for the XC90 T8 Twin Engine. It features, amongst others, Nappa leather seats, Orrefors handcrafted gear lever and diamond-cut controls. Prospective customers will get to choose from eleven exterior colours, five interior colour combinations and three types of inlays.
The new XC90 is the first Volvo to carry the company’s new more prominent iron mark, which has the iconic arrow elegantly aligned with the diagonal slash across the grille. Together with the T-shaped “Thor’s Hammer” DRL lights, the iron mark introduces an entirely new, distinctive face for Volvo’s forthcoming generation of cars.
The XC90’s larger bonnet with its new topography, the beltline and the sharpened shoulders connecting with the tattoo-like, new rear lights are other important design signatures that will be mirrored across the range.
The XC90’s interior is the most luxurious to have been designed for a Volvo. The most striking feature is a tablet-like touch screen control console, which forms the heart of an all-new in-car control system. This system is virtually button free, a simplicity that opens up generous surfaces and gives us the opportunity to create a modern, luxurious interior architecture.
The all-new XC90 interior combines materials such as finest Nappa leather and wood with handcrafted details, including a gear lever made of crystal glass from Orrefors®, the famous Swedish glassmaker, and diamond-cut controls for the start/stop button and volume control.
The recommended retail price for the XC90 T8 Twin Engine is RM453,888 (on-the-road price without insurance, inclusive of 6% GST.