All the safety plus Drive-EPOSTED BY admin ON 12 January 2015
THE world acclaimed Drive-E powertrain by Volvo is the selling point of the XC60 T5 that was launched in Glenmarie in mid July.
Of course, the T5 would have the customary safety features that Volvo is renowned for.
Active safety plays a key role in the new Volvo XC60, with standard features including City Safety, blind spot information system (BLIS) with closing vehicle warning, cross traffic alert and whiplash protection system, among others.
City Safety now incorporates active automatic braking at speeds of up to 50km/h, while BLIS is now a radar-based system which succeeds the previous camera based configuration, and is now able to monitor and alert the driver to rapidly approaching vehicles from distances of up to 70 metres behind the car.
The T5, at present the sole variant of the XC60 in Malaysia, is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that produces 245hp at 5,500rpm and 350Nm of torque between 1,500-4,800rpm.
Crucially for the eco-conscious, CO2 emission for this vehicle is rated at 157g per kilometre.
In Malaysia, petrol powertrains will be Volvo’s flagbearer for efficiency into the foreseeable future.
According to Akhtar Sulaiman, product, sales planning and logistics director at Volvo Car Malaysia, there are no firm plans to introduce the company’s D5 (diesel) engines anytime soon due to the country’s sub-par standard of diesel fuel.
In Volvo’s home market of Europe, fuel and emissions standards are now at Euro 6, while Malaysia’s diesel fuel is certified Euro 2M, which is below the EU’s Euro 2 standard.
On the possibility of government incentives for energy-efficient vehicles (EEVs), Volvo Car Malaysia managing director Keith Schafer said at the launch: “We should be doing more to engage the Malaysian government in dialogue on this matter.”
Schafer added that Volvo Car Malaysia would engage the when “the time is right”.
“We will not alter the specifications of our powertrain to adapt to Malaysian conditions.”
Schafer said increasing sales volume, while desirable, was not the priority.
“We do not want to provide our customers with merely a car, but a complete lifestyle.”
Although just one variant of the XC60 is currently available, Volvo Car Malaysia plans to introduce early next year the T6 variant which will feature the company’s 3.0-litre, turbocharged six-cylinder petrol engine.
The just-launched, locally assembled Volvo XC60 is priced from RM288,888 on-the-road excluding insurance.