With the all-new Volvo XC60 set to make its Malaysian debut soon, the next model that looks set to make its way here is the XC40. A preview page for the SUV has appeared on Volvo Car Malaysia’s official website, but one should know the specifications listed there aren’t definitive of what we will actually get.

Historically, Volvo Car Malaysia has narrowed the gap between global rollout and local introduction with every new model. Even though sales of the XC40 has already begun in Europe, deliveries will only begin in the Q1 of this year, as production for the model recently started in Ghent, Belgium in November 2017.

Based on the XC90 and S90, both of which saw a gap of about nine to ten months from global rollout to their Malaysian debut, the XC40 could arrive in Malaysia by the second half of the year – likely in Q3. At this point, it’s too early to talk about pricing, or if the model will be locally-assembled.

Currently, local assembly of Volvo cars are being carried out by Volvo Car Manufacturing Malaysia via its Swedish Motor Assemblies plant in Shah Alam. The plant is capable of building vehicles riding on the company’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) like the XC90 and S90, although it isn’t known if it is ready for the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) used on the XC40.

The XC40 is available with a range 2.0 litre four-cylinder engines. The first is a D4 turbodiesel unit that serves up 190 hp and 400 Nm of torque, while the other option is a T5 Drive-E petrol powerplant with 247 hp and 350 Nm of torque. These engines are paired with an AW TG-81SC eight-speed Geartronic automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive system – front-wheel drive comes later on.

Also in the pipeline are additional powertrains, including hybridised and pure electric versions. The former is likely the T5 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain that was shown to us in the past. Should a XC40 T5 Twin Engine ever be a locally-assembled model in Malaysia, we could possibly net ourselves a tax-free, plug-in hybrid compact SUV. Here’s to hoping.