Making history with the new Volvo XC60 2.0 Turbo Powershift

Published on November 26th, 2010

VOLVO Cars Malaysia (VCM) recently made history in Malaysia by being the first automaker or car manufacturer to introduce the only locally-assembled luxury 5-seater Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) in the country, with the unveiling of a new variant of its most stunning and safest Volvo to date – the highly-regarded and beautiful XC60 2.0 Turbo Powershift.

Assembled at Volvo’s recognizable landmark plant in Shah Alam, Selangor, the XC60 2.0 Turbo Powershift now joins the only other locally-assembled luxury SUVs in the country, the extremely popular 7-seater XC90 2.5T petrol and XC90 diesel D5.

Deemed Volvo’s safest and most stunning car ever, the award-winning crossover XC60 is considered a ‘Perfect 10’ by Volvo themselves, and promises to be another smash hit, like the fully-imported XC60 T6 variant, which was so successful in Malaysia that it has been completely sold out.

“Worldwide, we had overwhelming response to the XC60, and it was no different in Malaysia,” said a beaming and proud Volvo Cars Malaysia President, Goran Larsson. “We expect an even better response to the XC60 2.0 Turbo Powershift, which is now the only one in its class to be locally-assembled.”

Even before today’s launch, Volvo Cars Malaysia has sold over 80 units of the XC60 2.0 Turbo Powershift during its pre-launch campaign that started more than a month ago on the 11th of October, 2010.

Larsson said the 2.0 Turbo Powershift would more than satisfy discerning drivers looking for better fuel consumption and mileage in a SUV that’s instantly recognisable and desired, thanks to its sleek, sensuous and streamlined design.

“Add superb driving dynamics and innovative safety technology to the XC60’s looks and what you have is a competitively-priced package that car enthusiasts will find irresistible.”

A masterclass in design

The XC60 has sculptured, seductive design characteristics that make it stand out from the rest of the SUV crowd, so much so that it makes the rest of the field of competitors look plain and ordinary – the capable cross over muscles are pumped up, creating an athletic body with high ground clearance and flowing lines that create the sporty charisma that resembles that of a sporty coupe.

The large 18”inch wheels, the bold wheel arches, and the darker livery of the body’s lower section further enhance the muscular feel, while the dynamic, flowing lines of the greenhouse combined with its daring roof contour impart a sporty coupe feel to the upper part of this crossover SUV. The rear design is characterised by tail lamps with micro-optics and LED technology.

The high-tech interior is driver-oriented and imparts a rather dynamic feel, especially the floating centre-console. The lines on the panels and surfaces connect the various interior panels with each other to create a harmonious style with “loops.” Thick and thin lines further contribute to the XC60’s impressive and head-turning profile.

The characteristic Volvo floating centre console gives a sporty impression. The centre console is slightly angled towards the driver to enhance driver dynamics. The visual “X” in the seats and backrests enhances the dynamic appearance and feel within the luxuriously appointed cabin.

Powerful, fun and comfortable ride

The locally-assembled XC60 boasts a six-speed, dual-clutch Powershift, four-cylinder 2.0T GTDi (Gasoline Turbocharged Direct Injection) engine, which produces a generous 203 hp with 300 Nm of torque available from as low as 1750 rpm, which should be more than sufficient to lug this 1.8-tonne luxury crossover SUV around and about with passengers and luggage in the cabin and boot space respectively.

With the XC60 2.0 Turbo Powershift, Volvo Cars Malaysia is taking yet another step in offering cars that are fun to drive, yet comfortable to ride in. The XC60’s dynamic chassis setup means the car is precisely controlled and minimises roll tendencies even in the most demanding of driving situations.

Safety at its best

Being a Volvo and with safety as a hallmark and pillar of strength where reputation is concerned, The XC60 contains a host of cutting-edge safety features that make this Volvo a must-have for those looking for a crossover SUV that provides the safest ride in town.

The XC60’s safety features include:

• City Safety – a world’s first safety technology that helps avoid low-speed collisions by automatically slowing or stopping the XC60. Standard on the XC60, City Safety automatically brakes the car if the driver fails to react in time when the vehicle ahead slows, stops or if the XC60 driver is driving too fast towards a stationary object. The system lessens or even avoids low-speed rear-end impacts at speeds up to 30 km/h.

• Collision Warning with Auto Break (CWAB) – If the XC60 approaches another vehicle from behind and the SUV’s driver does not react, the system alerts the driver with audible and visual signals. If the risk of a collision continues to increase despite the warning, the brake support system is activated.

• Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) – Activates at speeds above 30 km/h to automatically adjust the car’s distance to vehicles ahead. ACC is adjustable to five different time intervals to the vehicle ahead.

• Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) – helps reduce the risk of skidding by cutting the engine’s torque when necessary and applying braking power. The function has been further developed in the XC60 to register the car’s roll rate as well.

• Roll Stability Control (RSC) and Roll-Over Protection System – RSC is an active function that helps stabilise the car and reduces the risk of rolling over in an accident. If a rollover accident occurs, ROPS helps to protect the passengers.

“The XC60 is an exceptional Volvo,” said Larsson. “We are extremely proud of the XC60 and more importantly, customers around the world agree with us, making it the best-selling Volvo car in the world today.”

The Malaysian market

The XC60 2.0 Turbo Powershift is priced at RM281,950 (OTR, without insurance), which is about five figures less than its closest German rival in the compact SUV luxury market. Eager potential buyers will be able to feast their eyes on the new XC60 2.0 Turbo Powershift at all Volvo showrooms across Malaysia from Nov the 25th onwards.

• Swedish Marque’s showroom in KL can be contacted at: 1800-88 2222 / 03-9236 2822.

• Federal Auto (FA) has showrooms in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Penang, Ipoh, Malacca and Johor Baru. These showrooms can be contacted at: 03-2274 9300.

• In Sabah, the Volvo showroom is located at Volvo Gallery, G-900, Ground Floor, Auto Gallery, Wisma Angkatan Hebat, 1 Borneo. Jalan Sulaman, 88450 Kota Kinabalu. Please call them at 088 485 544; or fax at: 088 485 338

Otherwise, please visit www.volvocars.com.my for more details and information.

words & pix: Azdee Amir

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