The Volvo XC40 makes its official launch debut at the 2018 Singapore Motor Show, with two variants being offered – T5 Inscription and T5 R-Design. The variants are being offered at a special launch price of SG$190,000 (RM568,376) for the former, and SG$205,000 (RM613,256) for the latter – prices include COE.

Both feature the same T5 all-wheel drive powertrain, which consists of a Drive-E 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that churns out 247 hp and 350 Nm of torque. The mill is mated to an AW TG-81SC eight-speed Geartronic automatic transmission and AWD system.

In terms of design, the XC40 doesn’t stray very far from the 40.1 concept revealed in May 2016, and features familiar cues like the ‘Thor’s hammer’ LED daytime running lights. It also boasts an interior with a number of nifty storage options, which take into account how city dwellers use their cars on a daily basis.

This particular unit on display comes equipped with the R-Design trim kit, which includes a R-Design grille with high-gloss black insert, C-pillar emblem, front and rear skid plates and dual integrated tailpipes. There’s also a set of 20-inch double spoke matte black diamond cut alloy wheels.

Inside, you’ll find Cutting Edge Aluminium inlays paired with Black Stone upholstery and Lava textile floor and door inserts. As part of the R-Design kit, there’s a badged, perforated leather-clad steering wheel and gear knob. Standard equipment includes a dual-zone climate control system, 12-inch driver display and Sensus infotainment system.

The T5 Momentum – not on display at the show at the time – does away with most of the aesthetic bits you get with the R-Design, and gets a vertical multi-slat grille and a single tailpipe instead.

For us here in Malaysia, we might have to wait until the third quarter of this year before we see the compact SUV make its debut. However, the XC40’s larger sibling, the XC60, is slated to be launched real soon. Which of the two Volvo SUVs are you looking forward to the most?