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Volvo Car Malaysia recently announced it has begun order taking for the locally-assembled S90 T8 Twin Engine Inscription, which will be offered at a special introductory price of RM348,888 (until October 31) on-the-road without insurance.

That makes it RM40,000 cheaper than the base T5 and RM105,000 less than the T6 AWD R-Design, although both these variants are fully imported (CBU). Now, we bring you the specifications of the T8 Inscription, and what you’ll get for that sum of money.

Under the bonnet, you’ll find the same engine as that in the T6 – a 2.0 litre Drive-E turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder petrol engine that serves up 320 hp and 400 Nm of torque. The mill is paired with an eight-speed Geartronic automatic transmission, with drive sent to the front wheels.

On the other end, a rear-mounted electric motor (87 hp and 240 Nm) drives the rear wheels, providing the car with all-wheel drive. Also part of the plug-in hybrid powertrain is a crankshaft-mounted starter generator (CISG) sandwiched between the engine and gearbox, along with a 10.4 kWh lithium-ion battery located in the middle of the transmission tunnel.

Total system output is rated at 407 hp and 640 Nm, allowing the the S90 T8 to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds. The car is also capable of a combined fuel consumption figure of 2.0 litres per 100 km, carbon dioxide emissions of 46 grammes per kilometre and an all-electric range of 50 km on the European NEDC cycle.

As part of the Inscription trim package, there’s a gloss black grille with chrome inserts, 19-inch 10-spoke diamond-cut ‘Inscription’ wheels (with 255/40 Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres), chrome lower side mouldings with the Inscription logo and powered tailgate with hands-free operation.

Also included in the exterior kit are LED headlights featuring the familiar ‘Thor’s hammer’ daytime running lights, plus Active High Beam and Active Bending Lights functionality.

Moving inside, there are linear walnut inlays for the dashboard, leather-clad steering wheel with Uni-deco trim, 12.3-inch digital instrument display, two-zone climate control, Sensus Navigation Pro infotainment system with a nine-inch touchscreen and 10-speaker audio system.

The T8 Inscription also receives 16-way, powered comfort seats with Nappa leather upholstery and memory function for the driver and front passenger. This being a T8, the illuminated Orrefors crystal gear lever is standard, exactly like what you’ll find the in the XC90 T8 Twin Inscription sold in Malaysia.

Safety wise, Volvo’s Intellisafe suite of systems include City Safety comes as standard, which includes intersection support and pedestrian, cyclist, and large animal detection with full auto brake (AEB).

Other systems include front and rear Collision Mitigation Support, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), Cross Traffic Alert, Road Sign Information, Lane Keeping Aid, Run-off Road Mitigation Support and Run-off Road Protection. The car also comes with a few driver assistance systems like Hill Start Assist, 360-degree view camera, Park Assist Pilot and adaptive cruise control.