XC60 T6 - 2

Earlier on, we reported on the imminent arrival of the Volvo XC60 T6 when a brochure detailing the car was revealed online. Now, Volvo Malaysia has officially opened the order books for the car, with prices starting from an introductory RM315,888 (on-the-road without insurance).

The XC60 T6 is powered by the all-new Drive-E 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder mill, with 306 hp at 5,700 rpm and 400 Nm of twist available from 2,100 rpm to 4,500 rpm – up 61 hp and 50 Nm from the T5 variant. An eight-speed Geartronic automatic gearbox sends power to the front wheels, and it’s all good enough to get the 0-100 km/h dash done in 6.9 seconds.

Upgrades over the T5 version include 18-inch Pan Alloy rims shod with 235/60 tyres and an eight-inch Adaptive Digital Display. The latter, first featured on the Volvo V40 T5, employs an active Thin Film Transistor (TFT) display unit to project information to the driver. Three themes are available – Elegance, Eco and Performance.

The variant gets a new ‘Sensus Connect’ infotainment system. Among the functions available are cloud-based services, an improved navigation module with 3D maps, Tune-in internet radio – with 80,000(!) channels and voice control for the infotainment and navigation functions.

Safety systems include a new Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection system, which helps to avoid collisions by scanning the road ahead for individuals who may stray into the path of the vehicle. Should that happen, the car will emit a warning and will apply full automatic braking if the driver doesn’t react in time.

There’s also Driver Alert Control (DAC) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW), as well as Road Sign Information, City Safety, an enhanced version of Volvo’s Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) and Cross Traffic Alert – the latter uses radar sensors at the rear of the car to warn the driver of incoming cars when reversing out into the flow of traffic.

Five colour options are available, and these are Twilight Bronze, Ice White, Electric Silver, Seashell and Ember Black. Optional accessories for the variant include an Iron Stone exterior styling kit and also 20-inch Diamond Cut or Iron Stone Alloy wheels.

The Volvo XC60 T6 comes with Volvo’s 5+5+5 coverage plan, which translates to a five-year/100,000 km warranty, five years of free service and five years of access to the Volvo On Call roadside assistance programme.