Drive-e’ing into town with Volvo’s XC60

Published on June 20th, 2014

Just yesterday, Volvo Car Malaysia has announced a revamped version of its baby SUV the XC60. The facelift XC60 comes with Volvo’s newly developed engine, the Volvo Drive-e powertrain that has been in development as the Volvo Engine Architecture. This powertrain would complement the future products of Volvo using their Scalable Product Architecture platform.

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For the current generation, Volvo is introducing the Drive-e powertrain first in their XC60 facelift offering in the form of the T5 version here in Malaysia and would be followed by other models.

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The facelift XC60 T5 is powered by the 4-cylinder Drive-e engine which produces 245hp at 5,500RPM and a maximum torque of 350Nm of torque available from 1,500-4,800 RPM. With the new technology it offers an increase of 5hp and 30Nm of torque from the previous T5 engine.

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Coupled with the 8-speed Geartronic automatic transmission this baby SUV has a fuel consumption of 6.7l/100km and producing 157g/km of CO2 emissions.

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Among the changes that has been carried out for the facelift includes a new hood shape and chrome bar grille. The tailpipes are now integrated with the diffuser.

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The interior has been given a slight revamp with the inclusion of silk metal décor inlays that adorns the dash and doors. The steering wheel now includes customary paddle shifters to ensure added sportiness and safety.

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Keeping up with Volvo’ reputed obsession with innovation in regards to safety, the XC60 provides a whole repertoire of advanced active safety equipment. This includes enhanced version of the City Safety, Blind-spot Information System (BLIS) with Closing Vehicle Warning, Cross Traffic Alert and Whiplash Protection System.

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To note, the enhanced City Safety system now enables autonomous braking of the vehicle that would automatically apply the brakes if it senses an imminent object in front with speeds up to 50km/h.

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Blind-spot Information System has also been upgraded to a radar-based system that would automatically sense and alert the driver of a rapidly approaching vehicle up to 70 meters behind the car. Another variant, which is the XC60 T6 would be available with a more diverse active safety technologies by early part of 2015

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With Volvo’s current trend of providing products that are competitive without compromising on safety, as mentioned by Keith Schafer, Managing Director of Volvo Car Malaysia on Volvo’s philosophy, “The trend moves closer towards cars that are both functional and luxurious.

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The new XC60 was designed not only to meet those demands, but also provide a more cost-efficient option inn the market. This is in-line with our goal of making luxury affordable and accessible to consumers.” With these bold claims, Volvo has kept to its word by placing the facelifted XC60 at a very attractive price-point of RM288,888.

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Coupled with an attractive extended coverage plan of 5+5+5 which includes warranty, Scheduled Free Maintenance and Roadside Assistance (Volvo on Call), the XC60 could potentially appeal to a wider target market here in Malaysia.

Words: Azri | Photos:  Haznajims

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