Volvo Car Malaysia has updated its flagship sedan line-up with the launch of the new Volvo S90 Recharge T8. The “Recharge” label indicates Volvo’s line of plug-in electric hybrid (PHEV) and electric vehicle (EV) models. In facelift form, the new Volvo S90 Recharge T8 empowers drivers to feel the difference when it comes to luxury, safety and sustainability.
The updated S90 premium sedan continues to use the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform and the Volvo’s Drive-E powertrain. The T8 Twin Engine set-up of internal combustion engine (supercharged and turbocharged) and electric motor can produce 407 hp and 640 Nm of torque, allowing it to do the century sprint in 4.9 seconds. The electric motor sits within the rear axle and is powered by a rechargeable 11.6 kWh lithium-ion battery. Power is managed by an 8-speed automatic transmission with Geartronic.
The combination of the four-cylinder engine and the powerful electric motor provides a powerful, performance-filled drive while producing lower CO2 emissions. The official average fuel consumption for the S90 Recharge T8 is 2.1 l/100km. This powertrain is also featured in all Volvo models built on the SPA, which underpins the 90 and 60 series launched in recent years.
“The Volvo S90 is the embodiment of luxury for us and now with its recharged design, we want to redefine the concept of ‘travel in style’ and showcase that ‘luxury’ can also equate to ‘safety’. The aesthetics of the car – from the chrome-accented exterior and refined trims, to the updated interior with a cleaner overall look – is Scandinavian luxury at its finest. And as a final touch, the T8 Twin Engine setup in the Volvo S90 Recharge T8 gives the driver a refined, agile and powerful driving experience,” said Akhtar Sulaiman, Marketing & Public Relations Director for Volvo Car Malaysia.
Similar to the XC90, the S90 Recharge T8 carries on the rich legacy of Volvo Cars through the pronounced elegance in Volvo’s design language. This blend of minimalist design and stylistic cues creates a premium image that is accentuated by Volvo’s key aesthetic features, such as the “Thor Hammer” LED headlight design, vertical chrome grille with the Volvo Iron Mark, and a bold and clean use of the Volvo “spreadmark” on the rear. Further, the tail lamps of the Volvo S90 Recharge T8 are also updated to bear a similar design to the recently launched Volvo S60 T8 R-Design.
Additionally, the Scandinavian motif is integrated into the cabin of the car to further enhance its overall look and feel. The inclusion of wood inlays, vertical air blades on each side of the Sensus user interface, perforated front seats and sunroof raises the bar on elegant aesthetics.
The Sensus panel on the Volvo S90 Recharge T8 ensures that the driver stays connected with intuitive technology and personalised convenience, featuring two front USB outlets that allow for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The intuitive 9″ portrait touchscreen gives easy and quick access to a full menu of safety features and in-car entertainment applications for an immersive media and audio experience.
As the range-topper, the S90 Recharge T8 gets a comprehensively upgraded Bowers & Wilkins sound system using a total of 19 speakers with an output of 1,400W to provide true high-end, in-car audio performance. The signature Tweeter-on-Top speaker is seamlessly integrated into the design contours of the S90 Recharge T8 and sits just above the dashboard.
This speaker system in the S90 Recharge T8 also employs Bower and Wilkin’s exclusive Nautilus™ speaker technology for an incredible clear and immersive listening experience. Several speaker updates, such as the new double-dome aluminium tweeters and the new generation mid-range speaker cones in Continuum™ composite, result in a more refined, pure and natural sound production.
Audio options include a Concert Hall Mode, which is modelled after the exact acoustic qualities of the famous Gothenburg Concert Hall, and a Jazz Club Mode, to simulate sound in the these locations.
Additionally, the S90 Recharge T8 also comes with a variety of standard Volvo safety features, starting with a chassis made out of boron steel for added body strength. This comes in combination with Volvo’s Intellisafe system, which equips the S90 Recharge T8 with the latest safety technology developed by Volvo, such as the Blind Spot Information Systems (BLIS), City Safety, Cross Traffic Alert, Front and Rear Warning and Mitigation Support, Lane Keeping Aid, Pilot Assist, a 180 km/h speed cap and many more.
“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 a premium driving experience. A plug-in hybrid that considers tomorrow without compromising today’s experience, the S90 Recharge T8 is luxury that makes a difference and is the perfect choice for people who embrace their uniqueness and stand out from the crowd,” added Akhtar.
The Volvo S90 Recharge T8 has a retail price of RM358,888. However, the current sales tax exemption puts it at RM339,315 (on-the-road, without insurance). The sales tax exemption period is expected to end on 30 June 2021 but is subject to confirmation.
Five exterior colour options are available i.e. Bright Silver, Crystal White Pearl, Onyx Black, Platinum Grey and Thunder Grey.
Additionally, the S90 T5 variant (non-PHEV) is priced at RM328,888 (before sales tax exemption), and will be available from June 2021 onwards.
The Volvo S90 Recharge T8 is now available for viewing at all authorised Volvo dealers nationwide. It is also available for online booking through Volvo Car Malaysia’s website as a safer alternative should you wish to not step into a showroom.
For more information, visit www.volvocars.com/my.