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It’s about time! Having been in Malaysia since 2009 in pretty much the same form, the largely-forgotten Volvo XC60 is begging for a new lease of life. In 2010, the CKD 2.0 T PowerShift replaced the CBU T6, and in the following year, that was replaced by the T5 PowerShift, which has soldiered on here for three whole years.

UPDATE: The Volvo XC60 Facelift Drive-E has been officially launched – click here for the launch report.

Now the great burden is about to be lifted off its shoulders, as reader Sonyman has sent in this shot of the facelifted Volvo XC60. It appears to be at a dealership. The refreshed SUV, which was unveiled globally in February 2013, was spotted at JPJ early this year.

What’s new? Well the face, for starters – a wider front grille leaves no room for the pre-facelift’s slim auxiliary lamps on either side, and a new front bumper, featuring vertical LED DRLs, brings the vehicle into line with the S60 and V60 facelifts, both of which we haven’t yet gotten.

All the black body cladding is gone, although skid plates are still fitted. The twin tailpipes are no longer circular; they’re now integrated into, and flush with, the rear bumper.

Corner Traction Control should be there as standard – it’s a new torque vectoring system that works against understeer by braking individual inside wheels when you enter a corner, and sending torque to the outside wheels when you power out. If it’s a T5, the same 240 hp/320 Nm 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine should be under that reshaped bonnet.

Volvo XC60 facelift spotted in JPJ Putrajaya