Premium motoring is the theme of the day – the weekend, actually – at the inaugural paultan.org Premium Auto Car Expo (PACE) 2018 at the Setia City Convention Centre in Setia Alam. The global car market is leaning towards SUVs, something that is reflected in the range of vehicles offered by Volvo Car Malaysia.

The SUV-strong exhibit line-up is comprised of the XC40, XC60 and XC90, the latter displayed in T5 guise, and the quartet is rounded up with the S90 T8, a plug-in hybrid sedan that produces 407 hp and 640 Nm of torque from a 2.0 litre supercharged and turbocharged petrol engine assisted by an 87 hp/240 Nm electric motor.

Of these present today, the latest to join the local Volvo line-up is the XC40, which comes in sole T5 AWD specification for Malaysia. A rather faithful reproduction of the 40.1 concept, the T5 version for our market yields 252 hp and 350 Nm of torque from a 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine. This is mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission which the driver can control via shift paddles, and the powertrain can haul the 1,704 kg SUV from 0-100 km/h in 6.4 seconds, on to a top speed of 230 km/h.

At the flagship end of the Volvo roster for PACE is the S90 T8 Twin Engine, which despite its aforementioned 407 hp/640 Nm outputs, is rated for a combined fuel consumption of 2.0 litres per 100 km, with CO2 emissions at 46 g/km. This will propel the sedan on the 0-100 km/h sprint in 4.8 seconds, and top speed is capped at 250 km/h. Externally, the S90 T8 gets full LED headlamps with Active Bending Lights and DRLs, LED taillamps, 19-inch, 10-spoke diamond-cut wheels of the same design as the XC90’s and 225/40 tyres.

The mid-sized SUV offering, the XC60 is available as either a 254 hp/350 Nm T5 turbo petrol four, or 407 hp/640 Nm twin-charged plug-in hybrid in T8 Twin Engine guise. Both are all-wheel drive, though in the case of the T8 Twin Engine, the petrol engine drives the front wheels, while the electric motor drives the rears.

Lat but not least is the second generation of the model which brought Volvo firmly into the SUV market, the XC90. Here, it’s on display as the T5, which sports a 254 hp/350 Nm version of the 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol four which also powers other models in the Volvo line-up. Driving all fours through an Aisin eight-speed automatic, it does 0-100 km/h in 7.9 seconds and a top speed of 215 km/h.