Volvo XC90 T5 & T8 refreshed with subtle “anti-aging” upgrades


Hard to believe but Volvo’s best-selling large SUV is already five years old, and the variants which are locally assembled in Malaysia have just received a string of updates.

Exterior

Most prominent in this model year update is a redesigned grille (any and all updates must have a new grille it seems), along with some silver trim on the fog lamp housing and across the rear reflectors. Completing the exterior updates are new alloy rims and two new colour choices (total is five) for all three variants.

Slightly higher battery capacity, longer electric range

For the T8 plug-in hybrid, the battery capacity has been increased from 10.4 kWh to 11.6 kWh.

Maximum pure electric range is now 50 km, a slight improvement from the previous 45 km. This range however differs in different markets around the globe, in accordance to local PHEV engine settings. It’s due to different emission standards from country to country.

Same classy interior

The highlight of the interior is the redesigned Orrefors crystal gear selector for the T8 variants. The T5 is not forgotten either, it receives third-row air conditioning (via vents on the C-pillars), 4-zone electronic climate control and a cooled glove compartment.

Updated active safety

City Safety and Blind Spot Information System both receives steering assist now, while Oncoming Lane Mitigation (first introduced in the XC60) also makes its appearance. Finally, the Cross Traffic Alert system is now capable of auto braking.

The refreshed XC90 is available in showrooms, and prices (without insurance, personal registration) remained unchanged:

Volvo XC90 T5 RM373,888
Volvo XC90 T8 Inscription RM399,888
Volvo XC90 T8 Inscription Plus RM409,888


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Pan Eu Jin

Pan Eu Jin

Regularly spend countless hours online looking at cars and parts I can't afford to buy. How a car makes you feel behind the wheel should be more important than the brand it represents - unless resale value is your thing.
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