The brand new Volvo S60 has been confirmed for the Malaysian market and the goal launch interval by Volvo Automobile Malaysia (VCM) is the third quarter of 2019. The third-generation midsize sedan by the Swedish model was unveiled in June – it’s the primary Volvo to be made in the US and world distribution will start within the spring of subsequent 12 months, which is Q2 2019.
Malaysia is Volvo’s regional meeting hub, and the S60 will ultimately roll off the plant in Shah Alam for home consumption and exports to Thailand, however early batches could possibly be CBU imports, which is the standard fashion for VCM.
The recently-concluded worldwide press drive occasion had two variants of the BMW three Sequence and Mercedes-Benz C-Class-rivalling sedan on the platter – the S60 T8 Twin Engine Polestar Engineered and the S60 T6 AWD R-Design that you simply see right here.
It’s early days and native variants have but to be confirmed, however we’re not anticipating the Polestar-tweaked automobile – stuffed to the gills with branded package similar to Ohlins adjustable suspension and Brembo six-pot brakes – to succeed in Malaysia as it will likely be prohibitively costly. The 405 hp/670 Nm plug-in hybrid can also be produced in restricted numbers.
The T6 AWD is extra doubtless. The very best non-PHEV variant is powered by a 2.zero litre four-cylinder Drive-E engine, which is underneath the hood of all S60s. On this guise, it will get a turbocharger and a supercharger to make 310 hp and 400 Nm of torque. The twincharged engined is mated to an Aisin-made eight-speed standard automated transmission.
When native meeting begins, we’re anticipating a CKD T5 with 254 hp/350 Nm (FWD, simply turbo) and (non-Polestar) Twin Engine plug-in hybrid variants – the latter will in fact be depending on CKD PHEV incentives by the federal government.
As standard, base Momentum, luxurious Inscription and sporty R-Design trim ranges will likely be obtainable globally, however anticipate VCM to champion the latter for its most sporting mannequin. That’s a part of a wider development within the premium phase – see the recognition of M Sport and AMG Line in in any other case removed from sporting variants.
Seems good, doesn’t it? We’ll inform you extra concerning the third-generation S60 quickly, however for now, try the placing new premium compact entry right here.
GALLERY: Volvo S60 T6 AWD R-Design
GALLERY: Volvo S60 T8 Twin Engine Polestar Engineered
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