XC60 rolls on to the local market

VOLVO Car Malaysia last week unveiled the new Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine. Fully-imported from Sweden, the new model will replace the original XC60 which has sold nearly a million units globally and represents 30% of Volvo’s total global sales.

Scoring a near perfect score of 98% in the Adult Occupant category and 95% in the Large Off-Road vehicle class, the new XC60 has been awarded Best Overall Performance by the prestigious Euro NCAP 2017.

Volvo calls its safety technologies which includes its driver support and active safety systems "IntelliSafe". It comes standard in the new XC60, and includes 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.

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 which takes care of steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads up to 130km/h, will also be available in the new XC60.

In terms of performance, the T8 Twin Engine combines a turbocharged and supercharged petrol engine with an electric motor that independently drives the rear axle to produce an impressive combined output of 407hp (320hp internal combustion engine + 87hp electric motor) and 640Nm (400Nm internal combustion engine + 240Nm electric motor) of torque.

The performance figures translates to a century sprint of only 5.3 seconds and a very efficient 2.1 litre of fuel consumed for every 100km travelled and a pure electric range of 45km (NEDC Hybrid Combined Cycle) from a 10.4kWh hybrid battery which is centrally located in the tunnel of the car.

The XC60 T8 Twin Engine will be offered in the Inscription and Inscription Plus trim level, with the latter being equipped with the industry-leading sound system, Premium Sound by Bowers & Wilkins; a 15-speaker sound system that supplies an astonishing 1,100 watts through a 10-channel Class-D amplifier.

The fully-imported, new XC60 T8 Twin Engine Inscription Plus is priced at RM373,888 (on-the-road without insurance, including all applicable taxes) 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.

Pricing for the locally-assembled XC60 (on-the-road without insurance, GST included) are as follows:
- XC60 T8 Twin Engine Inscription Plus: RM343,888.
- XC60 T8 Twin Engine Inscription: RM333,888.
- XC60 T5: RM298,888.

Five exterior colours offered: Ice White, Bright Silver, Osmium Grey, Onyx Black and Maple Brown. In response to customer demands, Volvo Car Malaysia has 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 place their bookings for their preferred variant now, at all authorised Volvo dealers.