Volvo Car Malaysia has just launched its latest premium compact SUV, the all-new XC40.
The all-new Volvo XC40 is the first Volvo model to be built on the new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA). The larger 60- and 90-series cars are underpinned by the Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA).
Similar to its SPA-based 60 series and 90 series siblings, the all-new XC40 will come with class-leading driver assistance features, including:
What we appreciate most about the XC40 is its interior, which is easily the most practical in its class. The door panels for example, are deep and wide enough for a notebook and a water bottle, simultaneously. This is only possible because the door panels don't need house any speakers. Instead, the speakers and sub-woofers are hidden inside the dashboard, a world's first. The glovebox lid also has a hook for handbags, or in our local culture, take away food packaging.
Other highlights of the all-new XC40 include the card slots, storage area under the centre arm rest that are deep enough for a tissue box, with a removable waste bin too.
The all-new Volvo XC40 is only available in one variant, the T5 R-Design, powered by a 2.0-litre Drive-E powertrain with 252 hp and 350 Nm. An 8-speed automatic takes care of shifting duties. Standard equipment include:
A plug-in hybrid is in the plans, but Volvo Car Malaysia has not committed itself to a specific launch timing yet, pending discussions with the government for incentives for locally-assembled hybrids.
Priced at RM255,888, on-the-road without insurance, deliveries to customers will commence on January 2019 and all units delivered to customers will be locally-assembled. There were a small number of units imported from Ghent, Belgium, but these are either showroom cars or for Volvo Car Malaysia's internal use.