All-new XC90 Suv from Volvo launched in Malaysia

In early December 2015 Volvo Car Malaysia unveiled the all-new Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine. The arrival of the all-new XC90 in Malaysia marks a new chapter in Volvo’s transformation plan that started almost five years ago.

Mr Keith Schäfer, Managing Director of Volvo Car Malaysia and his successor Mr Lennard Stegland with the all-new Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine

The XC90 is a premium seven-seat SUV, equipped with world-leading safety technologies and powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain that delivers an unrivalled combination of power, fuel efficiency and low emissions.

The SUV will be the first Volvo model built on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) modular chassis technology, which is part of the Volvo-by-Volvo strategy.

The new modular architecture also allows Volvo to retain or improve on safety features without compromising on design, size or weight. Thanks to the extensive use of high-strength boron steel, cars built on SPA can be made more compact and safer at the same time.

Mr Keith Schäfer and YB Dato’ Seri Ong Ka Chuan demonstrate the plug-in hybrid feature of the all-new Volvo XC90 T8

The innovative electrical architecture in SPA elevates the car’s intelligence level significantly. It is designed to integrate with new technologies such as microprocessor, sensor and camera technology, with greater ease. This facilitates the introduction of new accident-preventing safety solutions and enables rapid introduction of new multimedia and connectivity options.

“With SPA, we are able to have the best combination of luxury, space, versatility, efficiency and safety in the all-new XC90. This will bring the SUV segment into a new dimension, just as the original XC90 when it was first introduced,” says Keith Schäfer, Managing Director, Volvo Car Malaysia.

Mr Schäfer adds, “Our decision to bring in the T8 Twin Engine variant was bolstered by the government’s ambition to turn Malaysia into an ASEAN hub for Energy Efficient Vehicles (EEV), in line with the National Automotive Policy. We are very thankful to have the support of all relevant government agencies and ministries in helping us bring this technologically advanced plug-in hybrid here.”


The T8 Twin Engine is Volvo’s most powerful powertrain offer for the SPA platform. The T8 Twin Engine utilises a combination of a 4-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor that outputs a total power of 407hp and 640Nm of torque, whilst still delivering a combined fuel consumption of 2.1l/100km and CO2 emissions as low as 49g/km. The Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine goes from naught to 100km/h in only 5.6 seconds.

The standard safety package for the XC90 T8 Twin Engine will include two world first safety technologies: a run-off road protection package and auto brake at intersection capability. These innovations will form part of a suite of safety features that will make the all-new XC90 one of the safest cars ever made.


The range-topping Inscription trim is standard for the XC90 T8 Twin Engine. It features, amongst others, Nappa leather seats, Orrefors® handcrafted gear lever and diamond-cut controls. Prospective customers will get to choose from eleven exterior colours, five interior colour combinations and three types of inlays.

The recommended retail price for the XC90 T8 Twin Engine is RM453,888.00 (on-the-road price without insurance, inclusive of six per cent Goods and Services Tax).

Mr Kent Falck takes guests through the features and innovative technology behind the Volvo XC90 T7 Twin Engine

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