At the official opening of Volvo Batu Pahat 3S Centre, we learnt from Branch Manager of AJ Premium Motor Volvo Batu Pahat, Patrick Teo that the team has collected over 30 bookings for new Volvo models and all are made up of SUV models.
Teo also revealed that the showroom has received a deposit for a Volvo XC40 compact SUV. A spokesperson for Volvo Car Malaysia (VCM) has confirmed that the XC40 is indeed slated for our market but did not commit to a specific timeline.
Looking at the roaring success of the compact SUV worldwide and the strong demand for Volvo SUVs in Malaysia, the XC40 makes for a strong business case for VCM to introduce the model here. The company remains tight-lipped on the variants and powertrain options of Malaysian-bound XC40.
Like all recent Volvo models, initial batches of the XC40 will be fully imported from Belgium and will be available in “very limited units”. It remains to be seen whether VCM will begin local assembly of the XC40 as the company would have to make some technical adjustments to enable their Shah Alam manufacturing plant to produce models riding on the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform.
Globally, the XC40 is available with five petrol engines – 1.5-litre T3, 2.0-litre T4 and 2.0-litre T5 with three states of tune. Electrified variants of the XC40 is expected to debut sometime in 2019 and even the 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged T3 petrol engine will get a Twin Engine plug-in hybrid set up. Expect our local XC40 to feature the high output T5 engine(s) but the road-tax friendly 1.5-litre T3 is also quite an enticing package.
Don’t expect the Volvo XC40 (CBU) to come cheap because its competitor, the Audi Q3’s price tag breaches the RM200k mark and lest not to forget the BMW X2 is asking for RM320k of your hard earn money.
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