ELEC­TRIC DREAMS

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Per­fec­tion, a sub­jec­tive con­cept, is of­ten more at­tain­able when we set our own ideals. And as Volvo cel­e­brates its 50th year in Malaysia, we are once again in­tro­duced to its over-thetop achieve­ments. By be­ing the first to as­sem­ble the plug-in hy­brid elec­tric ve­hi­cle (PHEV) on our shores, the Swedish mar­que is set­ting new bench­marks once again.

The new XC90 T8 Twin En­gine makes a stel­lar first im­pres­sion, the kind that ex­cites even be­fore we are in­tro­duced to the soft purrs of its en­gine. Volvo’s iconic ar­row is el­e­gantly aligned with the di­ag­o­nal slash across the front grille, while its sleek, low-key “Thor’s Ham­mer” day­time run­ning lights speak of the driver’s sub­tle con­fi­dence, never need­ing to over­play her ac­com­plish­ments.

Step­ping into this pre­mium SUV also de­lights the dis­cern­ing woman who ap­pre­ci­ates the thought that goes into fine, in­tri­cate de­tails. The interior is lined with lush Nappa leather and wal­nut wood; even the key fob comes wrapped in the same high-qual­ity wood to match the XC90’s lux­u­ri­ous in­te­ri­ors. Imag­ine this sen­sa­tion: run­ning your fin­gers across the smooth sur­face of the dash­board and steer­ing wheel, grip­ping the soft curves of the Or­refors cry­tal glass gear level, and push­ing the di­a­mond-cut start/stop but­ton.

Never com­pro­mis­ing power for fuel ef­fi­ciency, Volvo also brings to­gether a su­per­charged and tur­bocharged petrol en­gine and an elec­tric mo­tor, ex­pe­ri­enced in three dif­fer­ent modes. By de­fault, it runs on Hy­brid, where a bal­anced com­bi­na­tion of the en­gine and elec­tric ma­chine pro­pels you for­ward in the most sus­tain­able fash­ion. For com­plete emis­sion-free driv­ing, Pure is your go-to se­lec­tion. Then, there is Power for the overzeal­ous types who be­lieve in max­i­mum out­puts; go from zero to 100 in 5.6 sec­onds.

True to Volvo’s rep­u­ta­tion, its boron steel body, the strong­est type of steel cur­rently used in the in­dus­try, keeps the space in­side in­tact dur­ing a crash. The XC90 T8 Twin En­gine re­minds us why, time after time, we fall in love with Volvo’s qual­ity of ex­cel­lence. If this car isn’t its idea of per­fec­tion, we can’t wait for when Volvo ex­ceeds ex­pec­ta­tions—again. Priced at RM404,888, onthe-road with­out in­surance. www.volvo­cars.com/my E R S T Y L

Volvo’s XC90 T8 Twin En­gine ticks all the right boxes: qual­ity, safety, and de­sign

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