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Limited units of the Volvo V40 T4 with a new Drive-E 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine is now available in Malaysia. We understand that only Clear Marque Volvo on Jalan Kuching has the cars for sale at the moment, so if you want one, better hurry up.

We can’t say for sure if or not Volvo Car Malaysia will be introducing more units than what’s available now, but officially, we understand that a feasibility study for it is being carried out. For now, the updated V40 T4 is priced exactly the same as the old Ford EcoBoost-powered version, at RM175,888 (OTR without insurance).

The new Drive-E 2.0 litre four-pot in this variant replace the existing 180 hp/240 Nm 1.6 litre turbocharged engine, and offer a lot more power than before. The new mill in the base V40 produces 190 hp and 300 Nm of torque (60 Nm more).

Currently, the regular V40 T4 we’re used to having in Malaysia is capable of sprinting from zero to 100 km/h in 8.5 seconds, and has a top speed of 225 km/h. We’ve checked with Volvo Car Malaysia, and we’ve been told that the updated version with the Drive-E engine can now perform the century sprint in 6.9 seconds with top speed limited to 210 km/h – this makes it just as quick as the current V40 T5 variant off the line.

The transmission has been swapped out as well, with a new Aisin-sourced six-speed torque converter automatic replacing the six-speed dual-clutch Ford Powershift by Getrag. Fuel consumption is rated at 5.6 litres per 100 km, whereas the EcoBoost-powered version returned 6.1 litres per 100 km.

The only other new item featured on the car are paddle shifters. All other specifications remain as before, highlights of which include 16-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, dual exhaust tips, five-inch centre screen, leather upholstery and more.