The locally assembled Volvo XC40 Recharge T5 R-Design has been launched in Malaysia, and now completes the Swedish brand’s offering here of a full range of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. With the introduction of the Volvo XC40 Recharge, Volvo has become the first and only automotive brand in Malaysia to offer a full range of CKD (completely knocked down) plug-in hybrids. This brings it a step closer to its ambition of reducing carbon emissions per car by 40%.
The Volvo XC40 Recharge T5 sits on Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform, and is powered by Volvo’s first-ever 1.5L turbocharged three-cylinder Drive-E engine. This is essentially the same engine as that used by the Proton X50 SUV, but with the addition of an electric motor mounted to its seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox to drive the front wheels.
The combined output of this hybrid system is 262 hp and 425 Nm, with 160 Nm of torque and a maximum power of 82 hp generated by the electric motor to give a boost of instant acceleration. The XC40 Recharge T5 is capable of a 0 – 100 km/h sprint in 7.3 seconds and top speed is capped at 180km/h following the company’s announcement in March 2020.
For the eco-conscious, the twin engine setup also promises a more sustainable drive, with CO2 emissions of just 50 grams per kilometre, without sacrificing the luxury and performance of a Volvo. The driving set-up offers five different drive modes for a more tailored driving experience i.e. Hybrid (default), Pure, Off-road, Power and Individual.
Some of the technology included in the XC40 Recharge T5 are safety and driver assistance features such as the Pilot Assist system, City Safety, Run-off Road Protection and Mitigation, and Cross Traffic Alert with brake support. These features combine to increase driving confidence and safety.
“We are excited that we can finally offer one of our most successful SUVs as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, and thus completing our full line-up of PHEVs. The launch of the XC40 Recharge T5 is a sign of greener times ahead as we continue to strive towards a more sustainable future and do our part to not only reduce our carbon footprint, but also help our customers reduce theirs as well,” said Nalin Jain, Managing Director of Volvo Car Malaysia.
The Volvo XC40 Recharge T5 variant wears the stylish R-Design trim, and is near identical to the petrol driven XC40 variant. The storage areas in the cabin have been designed to provide drivers with more functional storage space in the doors, including retractable hooks for hanging items (like teh ais ikat tepi).
“The fundamentals surrounding safety, design and performance are the same for this model as with any other Volvo. Through the dedication of our team, we are confident that this car checks all the right boxes to provide an enjoyable driving experience. At the same time, we hope that the launch of XC40 Recharge T5 will provide a more sustainable choice for Malaysians and spur everyone to think about taking active steps in sustainability together, so we can recharge our environment and the future,” added Nalin.
Made by Sweden, and assembled in Malaysia’s first automotive assembly plant, the XC40 Recharge T5 has a retail price of RM255,888. However, with the current sales tax exemption until 30 June 2021, the price has reduced to RM241,997.04 (on the road without insurance). Body colour choices include Blackstone, Crystal White Pearl, Bursting Blue Metallic, Glacier Silver Metallic and Coral Red Metallic.
The new XC40 Recharge T5 is available for viewing at any authorised Volvo showroom. Or if you prefer not to leave your home, you can visit www.volvocars.com/my.