It looks like our friends in the Land of Smiles have received the all-new Volvo XC60, as the SUV has made its official launch debut there. The Thailand-market XC60 will be offered in a choice of three variants – D4 Diesel Momentum, T8 Twin Engine Momentum and T8 Twin Engine R-Design.

Pricing for the second-generation SUV starts from 3,090,000 baht (RM391k) for the D4 Diesel, and goes up to 3,290,000 baht (RM416k) for the T8 Twin Engine Momentum. The range-topping T8 Twin Engine R-Design on the other hand, costs 3,590,000 baht (RM454k).

As a special promotion, Thailand customers who make a booking before December 11 will get the Volvo Premium Service Package for free (normally a cost option). It includes a five-year/150,000 km warranty package, five-year/100,000 km Volvo Maintenance and five-year Volvo Assistance.

All three variants come with all-wheel drive, and use an eight-speed automatic transmission (AW TG-81SC for the D4, AW TG-81SD for the T8). The D4 features a 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbodiesel, packing 190 hp at 4,250 rpm and 400 Nm of torque between 1,750 to 2,500 rpm. It sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.4 seconds and has a top speed of 205 km/h. The combined fuel consumption rating is 5.1 litres per 100 km.

The T8 Twin Engine is something we’re more familiar with (and could possibly get), and is made up of a twincharged 2.0 litre Drive-E engine, which gets assistance from an electric motor in the rear axle to produce a combined system output of 407 hp and 640 Nm of torque. All that is good for a zero to 100 km/h sprint time of 5.3 seconds (the XC90 gets there in 5.6 seconds) and a top speed of 230 km/h, yet the T8 is frugal enough to yield an average fuel consumption of 2.1 litres per 100 km.

Being a Volvo, the XC60 is generously equipped in the safety department, almost on par with what exists in the XC90 T8 and S90 T8. This includes the usual three-lettered acronyms systems (ABS, ESC, EBD), six airbags as standard, Large Animal Detection, Run-off Road Mitigation, Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving (up to 130 km/h), Oncoming Lane Mitigation, City Safety and Blind Spot Information System.

Like the XC90, Thailand’s supply of XC60 will come from Malaysia, and they all will be built at the Swedish Motor Assemblies (SMA) plant in Shah Alam. For the uninitiated, the facility is Volvo’s production hub for the ASEAN region, having exported between 1,500 to 1,700 of cars to Thailand every year. Malaysia is also the only other country outside of Sweden to produce Volvo T8 models.

Closer to home, the XC60 was just recently spotted making rounds in Glenmarie wearing the R-Design outfit. In light of Malaysia being the exporter of the XC60 to Thailand, it isn’t too far-fetched to expect the SUV to be launched here as a locally-assembled model. Singapore is currently the only country in the region to receive the new XC60.

GALLERY: 2018 Volvo XC60