Following the recent launch of the Volvo XC60 2.0T Powershift last November which was the first locally assembled model in this line, they are rolling out yet another variant now with the new Volvo XC60 T5 Powershift. This will be sold for RM289,950 on-the-road without insurance and it comes with a more powerful engine as well as nicer styling.

For starters, they have upgraded the engine into a 2.0 liter turbocharged petrol engine paired with a 6 speed dual-clutch transmission gearbox. This is where you get up to 240 horses which will only need 8.1 seconds to touch the century mark. It is also fitted with the Pedestrian Detection System, which is the first in the world. This is where the system detects pedestrians in front of the vehicle and then applies the brakes automatically if no action is detected from the driver. The system was first rolled out in the S60 sedan recently.

Apart from that, they have also put in the Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake system, the Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist system which are not provided in the previous XC60 2.0T. Coming in as standard with this one are other cool additions like the Blind Spot Information System, the Roll Stability Control and the City Safety System. The Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist uses a radar detection technology to maintain a gap between the vehicle with that which are in front which is active from the speed range of 0 to 200km/h. This means that it is able to set up a gap for you when driving and even when you are stuck in jams.

On its interior, it has a high-performance audio system which is powered up with a 4x40W amplifier channelling superior sound onto its 8 speaker setup. This one also comes with a DVD player. The SUV will begin selling through Volvo’s network of dealer where it is widely popular for being an comfortable car which is also fuel efficient. According to Mr Goran Larsson, the President of Volvo Car Malaysia, they are targeting the new model to go well among the young and professionals where the company has worked to produce a model which is has lower CO2 emission and better fuel economy.