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It looks like Volvo Cars Malaysia is gearing up to launch its next car – the Volvo S90 sedan. We first saw signs of this in June, where the S90 and its V90 wagon sibling appeared on the Volvo Cars Malaysia website.

This Volvo S90 was sighted by reader LimPeh28 in Section 15, Shah Alam. It wears European number plates, and a badge with the words ‘Test Vehicle’ can be found on the bottom of the front door.

This particular unit has a D4 badge on the boot lid, which means it is powered by a 190 horsepower 2.0 litre diesel engine. This is likely a unit brought in just for testing, as the D4 isn’t likely to be the variant launched here in Malaysia.

What we’re expected to get is the T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid variant, which we expect to be locally assembled just like its SUV sibling, the XC90. The T8 features a turbo- and supercharged petrol engine mated to a rear electric motor and an eight-speed automatic. Thus equipped, should be able to achieve Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) status and enjoy the same tax breaks as the CKD XC90 T8.

After all, the foundations for Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) production are already in place, as Volvo has made huge investments to improve the the current infrastructure and capabilities of the Swedish Motor Assemblies plant in Shah Alam to handle the platform and the sophisticated powertrain.

As for specs, Volvo Cars Malaysia’s website mentions lane keeping aid, run-off road mitigation, pedestrian and large animal detection, and more.