It won’t be long before the Volvo XC40 makes its launch debut in Malaysia, as Sisma Auto has started taking pre-orders for the Swedish compact SUV. This comes following the sighting of several uncovered units with fresh ‘V’ plates recently.

The Facebook posting doesn’t provide any additional information when it comes to vehicle specifications, so we’re left with what we’ve gathered from before. Based on previous spyshots, the XC40s for the Malaysian market appear to come with the R-Design trim.

The wheels appear to be a set of 18-inch double-spoke diamond cut alloy, with some receiving a two-tone colour scheme. The exterior badges also point towards a T5 engine being fitted, which is a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that makes 247 hp and 350 Nm of torque.

Mated to the Drive-E unit is an eight-speed Geartronic automatic transmission that sends power to all four corners. The XC40 with the T4 and T3 engines can be had as a front-wheel drive model.

The initial batch of XC40s will likely be imported (CBU) models, with local production (CKD) possibly taking place later. No tentative pricing has been given yet, but we’re expecting figures of between RM250k to RM300k. A worthy alternative to the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA?

GALLERY: Volvo XC40 T5 in Singapore