Volvo Car Malaysia has officially launched the facelifted Volvo V40 in Malaysia, which was first unveiled during the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Available in a sole T5 Drive-E variant, the V40 is also specified with the Inscription trim level (following the trim hierarchy set by the XC90).

Visually, the facelift introduces the brand’s “Thor’s Hammer” daytime running lights to the V40’s LED headlights. There’s also a new Inscription grille, which also hosts the sensors the car’s active safety systems, and the latest interpretation of the iconic Iron Mark logo.

Elsewhere, the car remains pretty much unchanged from before, with the V40 T5 Inscription riding on 17-inch ‘Sarpas’ diamond-cut alloy wheels finished in silver, shod with 225/45 tyres.

Buyers will get to choose from four exterior colours – Ice White, Onxy Black, Osmium Grey, and Luminous Sand – the last being a new addition here.

Inside the cabin, the previous Shimmer Graphite dash inlay has been replaced with a Milled Aluminium finish. New ‘Inscription’ tread plates have also been added, while the updated Iron Mark can be seen in other interior bits (steering wheel, Sensus display and key fob).

Under the hood, the Drive-E T5 2.0 litre turbo four-pot serves up 245 hp and 350 Nm of torque from 1,500 to 4,800 rpm. The mill is mated to an Aisin-sourced eight-speed torque converter automatic, with drive going to the front wheels.

With a top speed of 240 km/h, the V40 will also see the first 100 km/h from a standstill in just 6.3 seconds. According to Volvo, the V40 will offer a fuel consumption of 6.1 litres per 100 km (16.4 km/l).

In terms of equipment, you’ll still find eight-way powered Comfort Seats (with memory function for the driver), black leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control (with CleanZone air filtration), digital instrument cluster with an eight-inch Adaptive Digital Display, and Sensus infotainment system linked to an 180-watt, eight-speaker sound system and seven-inch colour screen.

The comprehensive safety kit here includes Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), Cross Traffic Alert, City Safety collision avoidance and mitigation (works up to 50 km/h), Dynamic Stability and Traction Control, Torque Vectoring, and Active Bending Lights, and seven airbags (with a knee airbag on the driver’s side).

The new V40 T5 Inscription is priced at RM180,888 (on-the-road without insurance), which includes a five-year/100,000 km mileage warranty and five-year Volvo On Call service. Customers who are interested in the less powerful T4 variant (190 hp and 300 Nm) will be glad to know Volvo Car Malaysia has plans to introduce the variant at a later date.

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