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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