When the second-generation Volvo XC60 was launched here in January, we were offered an interim CBU imported version before deliveries of the three CKD locally assembled versions started. All the CBU units of the T8 Twin Engine Inscription Plus, which went for RM373,888 with GST, have been accounted for, so here comes the CKD cars.

The Shah Alam-assembled XC60 range starts from the T5 Momentum, which is priced at RM282,011 with zero-rated GST (originally announced at RM298,888). There’s no T6 and the next step up is the T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid in Inscription trim for RM314,030 (RM333,888 with GST). The T8 PHEV is also available in top Inscription Plus spec for RM324,464 (RM343,888 with GST), all prices on-the-road excluding insurance.

The T5 is powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which puts out 254 hp and 350 Nm of torque at 1,500 to 4,800 rpm. Power from the Drive-E engine goes to all four wheels via an Aisin eight-speed torque converter automatic transmission. AWD was not available in the previous-generation XC60, so it’s part of the additional goodies you get for the extra RM30k over the old car.

The base XC60 is no slouch, being able to complete the 0-100 km/h sprint in 6.8 seconds on to a top speed of 220 km/h. Claimed combined fuel consumption is 7.2 litres per 100 km.

The Momentum styling pack on the T5 includes a standard grille with oblong-shaped slats, black accents within the faux corner intakes, body-coloured mirror caps and dual round exhausts. It rides on 18-inch Y-spoke alloys and 235/60 tyres, as seen on the black car here.

Standard equipment include LED headlights with auto high beam, ‘Thor’s hammer’ LED DRLs, a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, Sensus Connect with a nine-inch touchscreen, dual-zone air con with Clean Zone, Park Assist, rear-view camera and a 224-watt 10-speaker audio system. The cabin comes with Comfort Seats with ‘Charcoal’ black leather (all CKD XC60s come with a Maroon Brown option), ‘Iron Ore’ inlay, powered front seats (memory for driver), ‘Unideco’ inlay on the steering and leather on the gear lever.

The XC60 T8 Twin Engine gets the 407 hp/640 Nm plug-in hybrid powertrain from the XC90 T8 and S90 T8. It consists of a T6-spec 2.0 litre turbocharged and supercharged four-pot (320 hp and 400 Nm at 2,200 to 5,400 rpm), an eight-speed auto and a 87 hp/240 Nm electric motor. Powering the latter is a 10.4 kWh battery in the centre tunnel, which offers an electric driving range of up to 45 km. The engine turns the front wheels, while the e-motor moves the rear wheels.

Inscription trim brings a vertical, multi-slat grille, along with silver accents for the faux intakes, seen on the silver car here. Elsewhere, there are chrome side mouldings and dual exhausts integrated into the rear diffuser. The T8 rolls on 19-inch ten-spoke two-tone rims with 235/55 tyres.

The T8 adds Active Bending Lights to the all-LED light setup, heads-up display, Inscription leather key fob, 360-degree surround-view camera, Navigation Pro, Park Assist Pilot, Parking Climate with cabin pre-conditioning and a panoramic sunroof.

Also in are the mechanical cushion extension function, power-folding rear seats (from the boot wall), a three-spoke sports leather steering, paddle shifters, illuminated Orrefors crystal gear lever, Inscription sill plates and ‘Driftwood’ inlay.

Safety-wise, Volvo’s Intellisafe suite is standard, and it includes City Safety (autonomous emergency braking), Blind Spot Information System, Oncoming Lane Mitigation, Driver Alert Control and Lane Keeping Aid, among other things. There are no integrated child booster seats; instead, there’s an under-seat tray. T8 variants add on Pilot Assist semi-autonomous drive, which is adaptive cruise control plus steering, which works up to 130 km/h.

The T8 Inscription Plus has all of the above, plus a 1,100-watt 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system with 10-channel amplifier. Essentially a high-end sound system for RM10k more.

Differences with the sold-out CBU T8 Inscription Plus? All CKD XC60s ride on the Dynamic Chassis, which is made up of composite leaf springs and hydraulic shock absorbers. The RM30k costlier CBU had the Active Chassis air suspension. Early XC60 buyers could choose between Linear Lime, Metal Mesh and Driftwood cabin trim; but only the latter is available now. That’s all.

There are five exterior colours to choose from, and they are Ice White, Bright Silver, Osmium Grey, Onyx Black and Maple Brown. Pair it with two interior leather colours – Charcoal (black, as seen here) or Maroon Brown.

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