Volvo Car Malaysia has finally brought in the highly anticipated XC60 to the local market. The XC60 has sold nearly a million units globally, representing some thirty percent of Volvo’s global sales, and the new car has the task of continuing that success. Built on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, the new XC60 will maintain the beautiful proportions of its larger sibling (the XC90) but with a more expressive design on both the exterior and interior.
“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.
“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.
Scoring a near perfect score of 98 per cent in the Adult Occupant category and 95 per cent in the Large Off-Road vehicle class, the new XC60 has been awarded Best Overall Performance by the prestigious Euro NCAP 2017. This score was possible thanks to the new XC60’s ability to benefit and improve on the safety technologies of Volvo’s 90s Range – the first range of cars built on the SPA platform.
Mention the name Volvo and the first word that comes to mind is probably safety. This new car is no different, featuring plenty of safety tech. 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.
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 130 km/h, will also be available in the new XC60.
Customers will have the choice of two engine variants. Top of the range is the XC60 T8 Twin Engine which combines a two-litre turbocharged and supercharged engine together with an electric motor that independently drives the rear axle, making an impressive combined 407 hp (320 hp combustion engine, 87 hp electric motor) and a monstrous 640 Nm. (400 Nm combustion engine, 240 Nm electric motor). Despite a dizzying sprint of just 5.3 seconds, the XC60 T8 boasts a consumption of just 2.1 litres per 100 km, with a pure electric range of 45 km from its 10.4 kWh hybrid battery, located in the tunnel of the car.
And then there’s the XC60 T5 which features the same two litre power-plant but with only turbocharged tech, making 254 hp and 350 Nm, mated also to an eight speed auto and capable of a 6.8 seconds century sprint. The XC60 T5 will hit a maximum speed of 210 km/h whilst the more powerful XC60 T8 will hit 230 km/h. But perhaps more interesting to note, is how the XC60 T5 has a kerb weight of 1,842 kg while the XC60 T8 tips the scale at nearly 300 kg more – weighing 2,147 kg.
The CBU XC60 will only be sold with a T8 Twin Engine and will be offered in the Inscription and Inscription Plus trim levels, 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 – the T5 and T8, with the latter in two trim levels: T8 Inscription and T8 Inscription Plus. Prices for the variants are RM298,888 (XC60 T5), RM333,888 (XC60 T8 Inscription) and RM343,888 (XC60 T8 Inscription Plus) respectively. Potential customers can pick between five exterior colours: Ice White, Bright Silver, Osmium Grey, Onyx Black and Maple Brown. There are also two upholstery options: Charcoal and Maroon Brown.
Interested customers are advised to place their bookings at the nearest authorized Volvo dealers. As for the rest of us here at #MTHRFKNWIN, we’ll be asking for the availability schedule of their test cars and report back our thoughts.