Volvo completes PHEV line-up with XC40 Recharge T5

The hybrid XC40 produces CO2 emissions of just 50g per km while maintaining the luxury and performance of a Volvo

by RAHIMI YUNUS / pic by TMR FILE

VOLVO Car Malaysia Sdn Bhd (VCM) has launched the brand new Volvo XC40 Recharge T5, making the brand the first in Malaysia with a full locally assembled plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) range.

VCM MD Nalin Jain said the new PHEV variant of the XC40 SUV further pushes the Swedish car manufacturer’s ambition of reducing carbon emissions per car by 40%.

“We are excited that we can finally offer one of our most successful SUVs as a PHEV, and thus completing our full line-up of PHEVs.

“The launch of the XC40 Recharge T5 is a sign of greener times ahead as we continue to strive towards a more sustainable future and do our part to not only reduce our carbon footprint but also help our customers reduce theirs as well,” Jain said after a virtual launch of the car yesterday.

The hybrid XC40 produces CO2 emissions of just 50g per km while maintaining the luxury and performance of a Volvo.

Priced at RM255,888, the XC40 Recharge T5 is now reduced to RM241,997.04 after the sales tax exemption (on-the-road, without insurance), which is provided by the government under the short-term National Economic Recovery Plan.

The Volvo XC40 Recharge T5 comes with Volvo’s first-ever 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine Drive-E powertrain, with an electric motor mounted to its seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox to drive the front wheels.

The Recharge T5 powertrain has a combined output of 262hp and 425Nm of torque, while 160Nm of torque and a maximum power of 82hp is generated from the electric motor.

Together with the petrol engine, the XC40 Recharge T5 reaches 100kph in 7.3 seconds with the speed capped at 180kph, according to the company’s announcement in March 2020.

As in other Volvo cars, the XC40 Recharge T5 is equipped with various safety features including the Pilot Assist system, City Safety, Run-off Road protection and mitigation, and Cross Traffic alert with brake support.

The SUV offers five different drive modes that are hybrid (default), pure, off-road, power and individual.

“The fundamentals surrounding safety, design and performance are the same for this model as with any other Volvo. Through the dedication of our team, we are confident that this car checks all the right boxes to provide an enjoyable driving experience.

“At the same time, we hope that the launch of XC40 Recharge T5 will provide a more sustainable choice for Malaysians and spur everyone to think about taking active steps in sustainability together, so we can recharge our environment and the future,” Jain said.

The XC40 Recharge T5 comes with five distinct colours — Blackstone, Crystal White Pearl, Bursting Blue Metallic, Glacier Silver Metallic and Coral Red Metallic.

Customers can view the new SUV at all authorised Volvo dealers nationwide and online booking is available through VCM’s website as a safer alternative and in adherence to the government’s standard operating procedures.