Gallery: 2023 Volvo XC90 T8 Recharge PHEV Ultimate – the all-in-one SUV just got better!

Volvo Car Malaysia has updated the XC90 for 2023 which will be available in two variants. The B5 Ultimate starts from RM416,888 while the Recharge T8 Ultimate you see here starts from RM432,888. The B5 and T8 variants now cost RM4,000 more than before. Included is a five-year unlimited mileage warranty while the T8 gets an additional eight-year/160,000 km warranty for its batteries.

From now until the 31st of March 2023, customers who place a booking for the Volvo XC90 (both the B5 mild-hybrid or the Recharge T8 plug-in hybrid variants) will also receive a complimentary five-year service package (VSA5+). The VSA5+ package provides comprehensive coverage for all of the car’s scheduled servicing needs within its first five years. This also includes wear and tear items that may need to be replaced.

At the heart of the Recharge T8 Ultimate PHEV is a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine paired with an electric motor to drive all four wheels. While the engine drives the front wheels, the electric motor drives the rear wheels. Together both the engine and electric motor produce a staggering 462 hp and 709 Nm of torque. 

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The Recharge T8 is fitted with an eight-speed automatic transmission, with a 0-100 km/h time is 5.3 seconds and a top speed of only 180 km/h. Upgraded from before is the 18.8 kWh battery, up from 11.6 kWh, for a pure electric range of up to 77 km. With 3.7 kW AC charging, it takes up to five hours to fully charge the SUV.

On the outside, updates for the 2023 XC90 T8 see new 20-inch five-spoke diamond cut wheels fitted onto the Recharge T8 Ultimate while on the inside, there are three trim and upholstery options – black Nappa leather with Grey Ash trims, Maroon Brown leather with linear lime trims, or Maroon Brown Nappa leather with Black Ash trims.

Also updated is the XC90’s infotainment system; which is now powered by the Android Automotive OS just like the fully-electric Volvo C40. Features like Google Maps and YouTube can now be accessed directly from the nine-inch touchscreen, although it will only be available for four years. Beyond that, a subscription is required. The infotainment system is linked to a 1,400-watt, 19-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sounds system. 

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Other items include a head-up display, wireless charging pad, panoramic sunroof, four-zone air conditioning system, reclinable second-row seats, rear air-con vents with fan speed and temperature adjustments, powered front seats with memory function and air suspension. The air suspension comes with manual adjustments in the boot, to lower the car for easy loading.

As for driver assistance systems, the 2023 XC90 T8 features autonomous emergency braking with steering support, lane keeping, oncoming lane mitigation, blind spot monitoring with steering assist, rear cross-traffic with brake assist, adaptive cruise control and Pilot Assist.

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