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Volvo Federal Auto Glenmarie has posted a dealer brochure of the Volvo XC60 Drive-E on its website. New looks, new engine – the facelifted XC60 T5 gets a new 2.0 litre Drive-E four-cylinder turbo engine that’s good for 245 hp and 350 Nm of torque (pre-facelift 2.0 T5: 240 hp/320 Nm).

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

Armed with an Aisin-sourced eight-speed Geartronic auto (bye bye six-speed dual-clutch PowerShift!), the SUV gets to 100 km/h in 7.2 seconds before reaching a 210 km/h top speed. Combined fuel economy is a claimed 6.7 litres per 100 km.

The Volvo XC60 facelift, which was unveiled globally in February 2013, was spotted at JPJ early this year and much more recently, at a dealership.

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 have yet to get.

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.

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Our car comes with Corner Traction Control 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.

Listed features include active bending lights, a Clean Zone Interior Package, keyless entry and start (with Personal Car Communicator key, tells you whether the car is locked or not), 40:20:40-split folding back seats and a DVD sound system with Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming.

Now we come to the best part – safety. You get City Safety, BLIS with Collision Warning and Cross Traffic Alert, Whiplash Protection System, auto height-adjust front seat belts, Emergency Brake Lights, powered child locks for the rear doors and two-stage booster seats integrated into the outer rear seats. The six airbags and stability control should be retained.

The price is listed as RM288,888, OTR without insurance. That’s RM12k less than the pre-facelift 2.0 T5. Included is a five-year warranty with unlimited mileage, five years’ scheduled maintenance and five years’ Volvo On Call roadside assistance.