The updates include a more powerful on-board charging, extended digital services term and a brand new colour
by ADRIAN PHUNG / pics courtesy of Volvo
A RANGE of updates and changes are now available for Volvo Car Malaysia’s fleet of XC90, XC60, S90, S60 and V60 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) for 2024.
Alongside the updates, applicable to models introduced from September, is the addition of a stylish new colour, Vapour Grey, adding on to the existing Onyx Black, Crystal White, Denim Blue and Platinum Grey colourways.
According to Volvo Car Malaysia MD Charles Frump, every vehicle they have introduced since the launch of the XC90 Recharge in 2016 brings them closer to their goal of becoming the leading maker of premium EVs in the region.
“Driven by Volvo’s electrification ambition, all Volvo 2024 PHEVs will come with a more powerful on-board charger (OBC) that accommodates up to 6.4kW with two- or three-phase charging for shorter charging times, defaulting to 3.6kW for single-phase charging.
“The upgrade allows owners to have more control over their fully electric journeys by spending less time on charging and also the confidence to take the first step towards a fully-electric future with Volvo,” he said in a statement recently.
He added that there will also be improvements to the exterior of Volvo 2024 models where a panoramic sunroof will be available as a standard feature for all models. The S90 Recharge will also be equipped with a new eight-spoke wheel design, while the V60 Recharge and S60 Recharge will receive a new six-spoke version.
The key updates for the 2024 models are:
• The OBC 6.4kW two-phase update for all new PHEV models.
• A fifive-year complimentary digital service including access to Google Assistant, Google Maps, Google Play Store and Volvo Cars app remote functions for all new models.
• A new exterior colour (Vapour Grey) option for all models
• Standard panoramic sunroof with power operation for all models.
• New wheel rim designs for S90 Recharge, V60 Recharge and S60 Recharge
• The inclusion of YouTube app for Google built-in
Commenting on the inclusion of the YouTube app, Frump said the app can only be used when the car is stationary, such as while charging or taking a break from the road, and users can sign in to access video subscriptions and recommendations.
Frump highlighted that all the 2024 car models will also come with Volvo’s extensive suite of safety features such as cross-traffic alert, blind spot information system, lane keeping aid, and collision avoidance and mitigation with steering support and braking. He added that the XC90 Recharge remains the only seven-seater PHEV SUV available in Malaysia, with active air suspension and a pure-electric range of up to 77km to make tailpipe emission-free daily commutes without the need for petrol power.
“The XC60, an elegant yet dynamic-driving SUV, also shares plenty of luxury features of XC90 such as the Bowers & Wilkins high-fidelity audio system with individual Room sound profiles, air purifier, head-up display, handsfree tailgate, emergency stop and pilot assist, and a 360-degree surround view camera,” he said.
Interested customers can book test drives for the 2024 Volvo XC90, XC60, S90, S60 and V60 through www.volvocars.com/my/test- drive-booking. For more information, visit www.volvocars.com/my.
- This article first appeared in The Malaysian Reserve weekly print edition