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A new(kinda) XC60 is here.

Shah Alam, 19th June, 2014 – Volvo Car Malaysia (VCM), the official carrier of the Volvo brand in Malaysia, has officially unveiled the facelifted Volvo XC60. The refreshed mini-SUV is available here in T5 form, powered by a new Drive-E engine.

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Extremely punchy for a 2.0-litre. We have two turbos to thank for that.

Volvo’s Drive-E engine family has been designed to complement the SPA (Scalable Product Architecture) modular platform that is set to underpin the much-anticipated, next-generation XC90. The 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged Drive-E produces a meaty 245hp and 350Nm of torque from low down in the range. That’s a 5hp/30Nm increment from the previous T5. Volvo have managed to eke out a similar fuel efficiency, with the latest XC60 clocking 6.7 litres per 100km on a combined cycle, with CO2 emissions at 157g/km.

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Sleek and functional. Extremely safe too.

The new engine gets paired to an eight-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters, enabling the XC60 T5 to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in a brief 7.2 seconds, on to a top speed of 210 km/h. The Aisin-sourced gearbox replaces the old T5’s six-speed dual-clutch PowerShift gearbox. A welcome change, especially considering the recent trend of dumping in more gears, mostly in the pursuit of efficiency. We can thank (not always) the EU for that.

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A baby XC90 indeed.

Revealed to the world in February 2013 , the 2014 XC60 sports a wider front grille that leaves no room for the pre-facelift’s slim auxiliary lamps on either side, and a new front bumper, featuring vertical LED DRLs, a design change that brings the vehicle into line with the S60 and V60 facelifts, both of which we have yet to see in Malaysia. Other changes include the twin tailpipes, which are no longer circular; they’re now integrated into, and flush with, the rear bumper. The cabin remains relatively unchanged, with minor detailing setting the two models apart.

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Neat and tidy. Not the most luxurious of places to be though.

As with all Voldo’s, the XC60 comes with an extensive list of safety features: City Safety, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Close Vehicle Warning, Cross Traffic Alert and Whiplash Protection System. The enhanced City Safety now features auto braking at speeds of up to 50 km/h, up 20km/h from the previous model, which was limited to 30 km/h. BLIS is now radar-based and can alert the driver to rapidly approaching vehicles up to 70 metres behind.

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Clean and modern. Something Volvo have been working towards lately. Yes, folks. Volvo’s aren’t so boring anymore!

VCM has also fit Corner Traction Control as standard. CTC is a new torque vectoring system that counters understeer by applying the brakes on individual inside wheels when you enter a corner, while simultaneously sending torque to the outside wheels when you power out, providing maximum traction and ease of use.

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Lots of space in the trunk. Golf getaways have never been easier.

The 2014 Volvo XC60 T5 is priced at RM288,888 OTR without insurance. The locally-assembled baby-SUV comes with Volvo’s 5+5+5 extended coverage plan, which includes a warranty, scheduled free maintenance and Volvo on Call roadside assistance. If you’d like a little more, you can expect a more powerful, T6 XC60 somewhere next year.

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The Swedes really, really care about everyone’s safety.

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About Kiron Subhash

The most recent member of the collective, Kiron now follows the team to cover local and international automotive events. He is now training in multimedia journalism, acquiring experience in onsite reporting, feature writing, photography, videography, and social media engagement. Conspicuously influenced by Andrew and Jack in the rewarding life of a biker, Kiron now harbours a deep-seated love for motorcycle riding (and fuel-saving).

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