What’s different with the new Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine—now in Malaysia

What’s different with the new Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine—now in Malaysia


Text: Rachel Au

Fully imported from Sweden, the new Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine will replace the original highly-successful premium mid-sized SUV under Volvo Car Malaysia’s portfolio

Fact: The original XC60 has sold nearly a million units globally, proving its hand at crafting stylish and dynamic SUVs with the latest technology at its heart. And now, its long-awaited successor has arrived. The new XC60, built on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, will maintain the beautiful proportions of its larger sibling but with a more expressive design—inside and out. Already it has scored a near perfect 98 per cent in the Adult Occupant category; 95 per cent in the Large Off-Road vehicle class; and the title of Best Overall Performance by the prestigious Euro NCAP 2017. 

"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 Lennart Stegland, Managing Director of Volvo Car Malaysia.

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The tech

IntelliSafe 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. City Safety can detect and help avoid collisions with other vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and large animals. This and BLIS now features Steer Assist, a system that provides automatic steering assistance that will—when required—avoid potential collisions. 

A new successor equals new skills and the XC60 features a new system called Oncoming Lane Mitigation. Similarly, it alerts drivers of vehicles from an oncoming lane to avoid possible collisions and if necessary, provide automatic steering assistance to guide the car out of the path. Then, there'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. 

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The performance

Powered by a combination of a turbo- and supercharged petrol engine as well as an electric motor, the new XC60 is able to produce an impressive combined output of 407 hp and 640 Nm of torque. In other words, it's able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in only 5.3s and yet records an efficient 2.1 litre of fuel for every 100 km—and a pure electric range of 45 km (NEDC Hybrid Combined Cycle). 

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The variants

If everything you've read so far has piqued your interest, there's more for you to consider since there are quite a few variants. For starters, the XC60 T8 Twin Engine will be offered in the Inscription and Inscription Plus trim level—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. You can choose between an imported version or a locally-assembled one. 

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

The locally-assembled XC60, on the other hand, will be offered in two engine variants: the T8 Twin Engine—available in two trim levels that are Inscription (RM333,888) and Inscription Plus (RM343,888)—and T5 (RM298,888). Prices mentioned are on-the-road without insurance and includes all applicable taxes.

Full specifications and features of the locally assembled XC60 variants will be revealed in the months ahead but whichever option you're looking at, you may inquire place your bookings at all authorised Volvo dealers. For more info, visit their website.