The new Volvo XC60 facelift will be making its debut here in Malaysia very soon, based on the teasers published on Volvo Car Malaysia’s social media channels. A special registration of interest page is now open on the company’s website, although no official pricing and specifications details have been revealed just yet.

Launched globally in March this year, the new Volvo XC60 gets a mild nip and tuck on its exterior design, particularly on its bumpers. On the Inscription trim level, which is the one we have here in Malaysia on the pre-facelift model, the front bumper gets a larger pair of fog light housings on the corners, alongside additional chrome trim elements across the entire front lip.

The chrome trim is also mirrored onto the rear bumpers, while the exhaust outlets have been completely omitted on this facelift exercise. Rounding up the exterior changes on the Inscription trim are the new wheel designs, and thicker chrome vertical elements on the front grille – as seen on the new Volvo XC90 facelift that was launched in Malaysia back in 2019.

An R-Design trim level is also offered on the XC60 in other markets, featuring much more aggressive bumper designs, as well as a mesh insert on the grille instead of the vertical slats. However, seeing that the R-Design trim was never offered on the pre-facelift XC60 in Malaysia, it should also most likely remain that way on the forthcoming facelift model.

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The key highlight on the new 2021 Volvo XC60 actually lies within its infotainment software – as hinted by the “intelligent features” caption in Volvo Car Malaysia’s marketing materials.

The new infotainment system, first debuted inside the fully-electric Volvo XC40 Recharge, is built on top of the Android Automotive OS, and offers more direct access to various Google services including the hands-free Google Assistant, Google Maps, and more native in-car apps via Google Play Store.

Other updates to the Volvo XC60’s smarts include a revised Advanced Driver Assistance Systems suite, featuring a new sensor stack for improved functionalities.

Currently, the pre-facelift Volvo XC60 in Malaysia that was last updated in April this year is offered with two powertrain options – a T5 petrol variant and a Recharge T8 hybrid.

The T5 utilises a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that serves up 254 hp and 350 Nm to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the T8 adds on a supercharger to the engine for 320 hp and 400 Nm, plus an electric motor on the rear axle for a total system output of 407 hp and 640 Nm.

We expect that the powertrains will stay unchanged on the new facelift model here in Malaysia, although final confirmation will have to come from Volvo Car Malaysia.

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Pricing wise, we also expect that the new Volvo XC60 to hover around the same price of the current model, which retails at RM278,195 for the T5 Momentum, and RM324,656 for the range-topping T8 AWD Inscription Plus, both prices are on-the-road, without insurance, and inclusive of the sales tax exemptions.

Interested? Submit your information at the ROI page, linked here.


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