After teasing the Volvo S90 and V90 for nearly a year on its website, Volvo Car Malaysia has finally launched the two cars. The executive sedan and wagon come to the market in fully-imported (CBU) form first, before locally-assembled (CKD) units arrive later on. Also set to arrive later on are the T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid models to take advantage of hybrid and electric vehicle tax breaks, but it’s petrol only for now.
Both models are identical in spec, and are available in T5 and T6 AWD R-Design trims. The S90 T5 is priced at RM388,888, while the more powerful T6 retails at RM453,888. Meanwhile, the V90 T5 and T6 are both RM5,000 more expensive than their sedan counterparts, at RM393,888 and RM458,888 respectively. All prices are on-the-road without insurance, inclusive of a five-year/120,000 km warranty.
All models get Volvo’s signature “Thor’s Hammer” LED headlights – with Active Bending Lights and Active High Beam Control on the T6 – as well as with LED tail lights with Adaptive Brake Lights. The T5 variants roll on 18-inch turbine design alloy wheels.
The T6 tacks on an R-Design appearance package consisting of a more aggressive front bumper, a unique gloss black grille, deeper side skirts, satin silver door mirror caps and a body-coloured rear diffuser with quad exhaust exits. A set of 19-inch diamond-cut five-spoke alloy wheels are also included in the package, as are front fog lights with cornering function.
Buyers get a choice between five exterior colours – Onyx Black, Ice White, Osmium Grey and Bright Silver are shared among all variants. The T5 variants get another Mussel Blue option, while the T6 R-Design models receive the signature Bursting Blue hue.
Inside, the T5 gains comfort seats in either Charcoal (black), Amber (tan) and Blonde (cream) leather, along with Iron Ore or Dark Flame Birch decorative trim. Meanwhile, the T6 is available exclusively with sportier contour seats with Charcoal Nubuck and perforated Nappa leather, as well as a choice of Metal Mesh and carbon fibre inlays and Charcoal headlining. There are R-Design steering wheel, gearlever and pedals, too.
Standard kit includes keyless entry and start, automated parking, dual-zone automatic climate control with CleanZone filtration and rear air vents, 12-way power-adjustable front seats with lumbar and driver’s side memory, rear booster cushions, a 12.3-inch instrument display, Sensus Connect infotainment with a nine-inch portrait-format touchscreen, a 10-speaker, 330 W sound system and a reverse camera.
Stepping up to the T6 nets you illuminated door handles, puddle lamps, laminated side windows, a power sunroof (panoramic for V90), rear sunblinds, a head-up display, paddle shifters, Navigation Pro with Road Sign Information, a 360-degree camera, sport chassis and a Nappa leather-wrapped key fob. Strangely enough, the range-topping S90 omits the T5’s rear booster cushions, although the V90 T6 retains them.
In terms of convenience, the V90 comes with a tonneau cover and a 40:20:40 split-folding rear bench (the S90’s is fixed) with power-folding outer rear seats and headrests; the T6 model also adds a grocery bag holder. The wagons also feature a powered tailgate with handsfree operation, while a powered bootlid is only offered on the S90 T6.
Safety-wise, all models come with the IntelliSafe suite of active safety features, including City Safety autonomous emergency braking – which operates at speeds between 4 and 70 km/h and can detect vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and large animals.
Also fitted as standard is Volvo’s Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving with Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Queue Assist and Lane Keeping Aid (LKA) to keep the car in the middle of its lane and at a set distance from the car in front at speeds of up to 130 km/h.
Other features include Driver Alert Control (DAC), Run Off Road Mitigation and Protection with Road Edge Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Collision Warning and Mitigation, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) and Cross Traffic Alert (CTA).
All this is on top of the usual active and passive safety features, including six airbags, seat belt pretensioners on all seats, ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability control with Active Yaw Control, Understeer Control Logic and brake-operated Dynamic Torque Vectoring, hill descent control, Ready Alert Brake (RAB) and Fading Brake Support (FBS).
The S90 measures 4,963 mm long, 1,879 mm wide and 1,443 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,941 mm. The V90, on the other hand is 27 mm shorter at 4,936 mm and 32 mm taller at 1,475 mm. Open the S90’s bootlid and you’ll find a 500 litre boot; do the same for the V90 and you’ll be staring at a 913 litre load bay, expandable to 1,526 litres with the rear seats folded.
Powering the T5 is a 2.0 litre Drive-E turbocharged petrol four-cylinder engine, producing 254 hp at 5,500 rpm and 350 Nm from 1,500 to 4,800 rpm; an Aisin eight-speed automatic transmission sends power to the front wheels. The T6 gains a more powerful version of that engine, adding a supercharger to push outputs to 320 hp at 5,700 rpm and 400 Nm between 2,200 and 5,400 rpm. There’s also an all-wheel drive system.
GALLERY: Volvo S90 T5 with optional appearance package
GALLERY: Volvo S90 T6 AWD R-Design
GALLERY: Volvo V90 T5
GALLERY: Volvo V90 T6 AWD R-Design