The third-generation Volvo S60 is now in Malaysia, going on sale here in T8 Twin Engine R-Design form. The plug-in hybrid sedan arrives initially as a fully-imported CBU unit, priced at RM295,888 (on-the-road without insurance), but local assembly is set to take place in due course.

Sweden’s answer to the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4 already wears a sharp-looking suit, but gets dressed up further by a R-Design package, which is led by an aggressive front bumper featuring a larger lower intake and blacked-out fog lamp enclosures. Black window surrounds and side mirror caps as well as 19-inch five triple-spoke diamond cut/matte black alloy wheels (wrapped with 235/40 series tyres) add yet more sport to the presentation.

The S60’s powertrain is made up of a Drive-E 2.0 litre supercharged/turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine offering 320 hp and 400 Nm of torque, a crankshaft-integrated starter/generator (CISG) and an Aisin-sourced AW TG-81SD eight-speed automatic transmission, driving the front wheels.

Meanwhile, the rear wheels are driven by an electric motor providing 87 hp and 240 Nm, making for a total system output of 407 hp and 640 Nm. The car does the 0-100 km/h sprint in just 4.4 seconds and has a 250 km/h top speed.

As you’d expect from a Volvo, no shortage of safety and driver assistance systems – the list includes six airbags (front, side and curtain), City Safety (autonomous emergency braking), Pilot Assist, Lane Keeping Aid, Front & Rear Collision Warning & Mitigation Support, Driver Alert Control (DAC), Run-Off Road Mitigation and Cross Traffic Alert, among others.

Watch as Hafriz Shah takes a detailed look at the new Volvo S60 T8 R-Design. You can also read our review of the sedan here, and find full specifications of the S60 on CarBase.my. The Volvo S60 will also be at PACE 2019 this coming weekend, so make a beeline for the event and catch it there.