As we’ve told you before, the all new Volvo S60 is coming to town, and now we know that it will be officially launched next month (March 2011). Typical for Volvo Car Malaysia, new models initially arrive as a top-spec CBU, before local assembly kicks in to offer smaller engines and more affordable pricetags.

The same goes for the S60, which will be available at launch in T6 and T5 guises. Local assembly is scheduled to start in the third quarter of this year, and cars that roll out of Shah Alam will likely come with Volvo’s turbocharged direct injection 1.6-litre GTDi engine. This downsized motor will be badged T3 or T4. Bear in mind that in Volvo’s new naming scheme, the number after the T doesn’t denote the cylinder count – the bigger the number, the higher it sits in the particular family.

The T6 is powered by a 3.0L in-line six turbo engine with 304 hp and 440 Nm of torque from 2,100 to 4,200 rpm. This all aluminium engine is paired to a six-speed Geartronic auto. The T5 meanwhile is a 2.0L four-pot turbo model with 203 hp and 300 Nm (overboost to 320 Nm). The T6 comes with Volvo’s self adjusting FOUR-C active chassis. For the new S60, Volvo has two suspension settings – Dynamic and Comfort, with the difference in shock absorbers and anti-roll bar thickness – and Malaysia will get Dynamic.

Both cars are fully loaded CBUs and safety kit includes Pedestrian Detection with full auto brake, City Safety, Rollover Protection System, Collision Warning with Auto Brake, Driver Alert Control, Blind Spot Info System (BLIS) and Advanced Stability Control. Full specs will be revealed at the launch.

Estimated pricing is RM350k for the T6 and RM290k for the T5.