Volvo XC90 CKD launch

Volvo Car Malaysia (VCM) has officially launched the locally-assembled (CKD) version of the Volvo XC90. In terms of specifications, the flagship Volvo SUV doesn’t defer tremendously from its imported version. However, the more attractive aspect is the reduced pricing due to localisation.

Where the imported version retailed at RM453,888, the CKD XC90 is priced at RM403,888 on-the-road without insurance, which is RM50,000 less. Each purchase is inclusive of a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty and five years’ free Volvo On Call roadside assist. Deliveries are scheduled to take place at the end of June this year.

The seven-seater XC90 continues to come in the form of the range-topping T8 Twin Engine variant, wearing the Inscription design line. At the front, Volvo’s signature “Thor’s Hammer” LED DRLs form part of the headlamps, which themselves come with LED Active Bending Lights and Active High Beam Control.

Moving down the sides, there is a set of 20-inch, 10-spoke silver diamond-cut alloys wrapped in 275/45 tyres. Highlights include LED Adaptive Brake Lights, dual exhaust tips and a power-operated tailgate with handsfree operation.

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Unlike the CBU offering that came with a colour palette totalling eleven, the CKD XC90 will only be offered in five exterior colours – Ice White, Onyx Black, Saville Grey, Twilight Bronze and Bright Silver.

Moving inside, you still get Nappa leather upholstery, although instead of the CBU car’s colour scheme comprising three options, it is now just Charcoal black. This applies to the three-spoke multi-function steering wheel as well, which is accompanied by a crystal gear knob by Swedish crystal makers Orrefors, and diamond-cut engine start/stop button and volume control knob.

Dominating the dashboard is a portrait-format nine-inch touchscreen display that is linked to Volvo’s latest Sensus Connect High Performance audio system interface. The system controls almost every feature of the car, including the four-zone climate control system, navigation, WiFi hotspot and surround-view camera.

For audio playback, the XC90 gets a 10-speaker 330-watt sound system as standard. Media input can come from Bluetooth, USB or Aux connectivity, as well as Android and Apple screen mirroring. Drivers aren’t left out either, as they will have access to a 12.3-inch Adaptive Digital Display instrument panel.

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The seats are slim but are claimed to offer good spinal protection during a crash, and those fitted on the middle row can be slid forwards and backwards to offer more legroom or cargo capacity behind it. They also feature Volvo’s signature child booster cushion in the middle.

The third row seats are claimed to accommodate adults as tall as 170 cm in relative comfort. With the rear-most seats in their default positions, the XC90 has 436 litres of boot space. With the third row folded flat, this increases to 1,183 litres. Fold both the second and third row seats down, and there’s 2,426 litres of usable cargo space.

For those unfamiliar with Volvo’s T8 Twin Engine, the plug-in hybrid powertrain employs a 2.0 litre four-cylinder super- and turbocharged Drive-E petrol engine and an electric motor. There is also a 150 Nm crankshaft-mounted starter generator (CISG) positioned between the engine and eight-speed torque converter automatic transmission to help with low-speed or from stationary acceleration.

The combustion engine delivers 320 hp and 400 Nm of torque, all sent to the front wheels, while the electric motor (87 hp/240 Nm) drives the rear wheels. Total system output is rated at 407 hp and 640 Nm, and together, both drive units form an electric all-wheel drive system.

In terms of performance, the plug-in hybrid powertrain will propel the 2,343 kg SUV to 100 km/h from a rest in 5.6 seconds, and on to an electronically-limited top speed of 230 km/h. Combined fuel consumption here is 2.1 litres per 100 km (47.6 km per litre), and if you choose to run on just electricity, you could get as far as 43 km (both figures based on European NEDC test cycle).

Going full electric is as simple as selecting the ‘pure electric’ drive mode via the car’s Sensus control system. Other modes – hybrid, power mode, AWD and save are also available as well.

Power for the electric motor comes from a 9.2 kWh rectangular lithium-ion traction battery. The battery can be recharged via a household socket with the included portable charger, taking 3.5 hours on our regular Malaysian power supply (240 V, 13 amps). Energy recuperation from braking and coasting as you drive is also another method of charging the the battery.

New XC90 owners will also get a free Electrical Health Check for their homes, whereby by trained staff will test and identify any issues with your home’s power outlet’s ability to charge the XC90. Volvo Malaysia also offers two third-party-certified home charging stations from Hager. The weatherproof Hager Witty system is priced at RM9,540, while the indoor Hager Zero is priced at RM8,480. The benefits of these chargers – a quicker recharging time of just 2.5 hours.

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The XC90 is the first model to be based on Volvo’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), whereby the batteries are fitted within the platform’s central tunnel to minimise the possibility of it being damaged during a crash. Other chassis related features include the Four-C Active Chassis system (four-corner air suspension, which comes as standard.

Safety is a given in a Volvo and the XC90 is no exception. As standard, the PHEV gets seven airbags, Adaptive Cruise Control, City Safety with Front Collision Warning and Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with Full Auto Brake, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Aid, Roll Stability Control and Hill Descent Control.

World-first safety tech that is featured here include the run-off road protection package and the auto brake at intersection capability. Also fitted is the Park Assist Pilot system, for both parallel and perpendicular parking, which comes as standard. A new addition here is an inclination sensor that ties in with car’s alarm system, detecting if your car is being towed or jacked up.

Saving the best for last, Malaysia is the only other country in the world to produce the flagship XC90 outside of Sweden, specifically at Volvo’s plant in Shah Alam. That’s right, this technologically-advanced plug-in hybrid SUV is made right here in Malaysia. Curious on how it drives? Well, do check out our review of the XC90 in its native Sweden, here.

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