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Volvo Malaysia introduces new S90 T8 premium sedan

The new Volvo flagship premium sedan, the S90 T8 Twin Engine model. — Picture courtesy of Volvo Car MalaysiaThe new Volvo flagship premium sedan, the S90 T8 Twin Engine model. — Picture courtesy of Volvo Car MalaysiaKUALA LUMPUR, Oct 12 — Volvo Car Malaysia today introduced its flagship premium sedan, the new Volvo S90 T8 Twin Engine to the Malaysian market today.

The Volvo T8 Twin Engine is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) with a twin-charged engine (with a supercharger and turbocharger) that powers the front axle of the car, while an electric motor provides drive to the rear axle.

The combined power output is 407 horsepower, made up of 235kW from the engine, while the motor provides 65 kW. Torque output is 400Nm from the engine while the motor provides 240Nm.

The S90 T8 is built on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform that was designed to incorporate electrified powertrains, and the hybrid battery is cleverly placed in the tunnel of the car replacing the propeller shaft.

“Our unique approach to engine design stems from the need to deliver uncompromising performance, efficiency and space by having the hybrid components cleverly integrated into the design, differentiating us from the other hybrids in the market,” said Lennart Stegland, Managing Director of Volvo Car Malaysia.

Stegland explains that the placement of the battery in the tunnel, lowers the centre of gravity for the car and improves handling. The other benefit of placing the battery in that position is that it frees up precious cargo space and also protects the battery from external impact.

The performance of the S90 T8 Twin Engine is quite impressive: 0–100 kph is achieved in only 4.8s while the pure electric range (according to EU regulations) is 50 km from a 10.4 kWh hybrid battery.

The S90 T8 Twin Engine will be offered in two different trim levels: The Inscription and Inscription Plus with the latter featuring Premium Sound by Bowers & Wilkins; a 19-speaker sound system that supplies an 1,400 watts through a 12-channel Class-D amplifier.

“Just like everything we do at Volvo, Bowers & Wilkins has been a part of our product development since the beginning; this collaboration translates to the best audio reproduction within the automotive industry,” adds Stegland.

The S90 T8 Twin Engine Inscription Plus will also feature air suspension with an electronically controlled, self-levelling dampener system (Four-C).

Both trim levels will share a set of standard equipment which includes Park Assist with Park Assist Pilot, 360-degree Surround View Camera, Blind Sport Information System (BLIS) with Cross Traffic Alert (CTA), Lane Keeping Aid (LKA), 2-stage Integrated Booster Seats, Comfort Seatswith Fine Nappa Leather and a handmade Orrefors Crystal gear lever.

The S90 T8 Twin Engine Inscription and Inscription Plus is priced at RM368,888 and RM388,888 (on-the-road without insurance, including all applicable taxes) respectively. As an introductory offer, orders placed before 31 October 2017 for both variants will enjoy a special price of RM348,888 and 368,888 respectively.

The locally-produced S90 T8 Twin Engine is the second Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) to roll out of Volvo’s Shah Alam production facility after it had received significant investments to assemble models built on the SPA platform which underpins Volvo’s large models.

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