The Volvo XC40 was recently launched in Thailand, where it is offered in two variants – T4 Momentum and T5 AWD R-Design. Prices start at 2,090,000 baht (RM266,768) for the entry-level variant, while the range-topper goes for 2,390,000 baht (RM305,060).

Under the bonnet, both variants feature a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder Drive-E engine that makes 190 hp/300 Nm in the T4, and 252 hp/350 Nm in the T5. An eight-speed Geartronic automatic transmission comes as standard, with all-wheel drive being another additional system for the T5.

In terms of performance, the T4 will take 8.4 seconds to complete the 0-100 km/h sprint and comes with a top speed of 210 km/h. The T5 takes 6.4 seconds to do the same, and has a higher top speed of 230 km/h. The T5 also gets the Sport chassis, whereas the T4 comes with the Dynamic chassis instead.

In terms of exterior features, the T4 comes with the Momentum trim package and 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels in silver (235/55 profile tyres). The colour palette includes Ice White, Bright Silver Metallic, Amazon Blue, Onyx Black Metallic and Fusion Red Metallic, with the last three available with a white roof upon request.

The T5 R-Design meanwhile, gets its own unique grille, bumpers (rear piece features integrated exhaust outlets) and R-Design lettering near the top of the C-pillar. For the Thailand market, 19-inch diamond cut five-double spoke alloy wheels in two-tone matte black/silver finish (235/50 profile tyres) are standard for the T5, and buyers will have four metallic colours – Crystal White Premium, Osmium Grey, Bursting Blue Premium and Fusion Red – to choose from, all with black-painted roofs.

Moving inside, T4 cars get Charcoal black leather upholstery with Urban Grid décor inlays, while the T5s receive R-Design Charcoal Nubuck fine Nappa perforated leather and Cutting Edge inlays instead. All variants come as standard with a 9-inch Sensus Connect infotainment system, wireless mobile phone charger, dual-zone climate control (with Clean Zone filter), 12.3-inch Digital Driver Display and powered front seats (with memory function for the driver seat).

Similarly, City Safety, Collision Avoidance and Mitigation Support with Auto Brake, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), Cross Traffic Alert with Auto Brake, Lane Keeping Aid, Distance Alert, Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC), Roll Stability Control (RSC), seven airbags and Active High Beam Control are present on both variants.

The T5 naturally gets the most goodies, including a 13-speaker, 600-watt Harman Kardon sound system, navigation function, Pilot Assist with Adaptive Cruise Control, paddle shifters, Park Assist Pilot, and while both variants have LED headlamps, only the T5 gets the Active Bending Lights (ABL) function.

The XC40 is expected to make its launch debut in Malaysia soon, as official dealers have begun accepting registration of interest from the public. Furthermore, Volvo Cars Malaysia has already begun teasing the model’s arrival on its Instagram page recently. Are you looking forward to the arrival of Volvo’s smallest XC model and 2018 European Car of the Year?

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GALLERY: Volvo XC40 T5 in Singapore