With this facelift, the new S90 Recharge T8 plug-in hybrid offers a different take on luxury, safety and sustainability.
Built on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, the large 4-door, 5-seat, top-of-the-line sedan comes with Volvo’s Drive-E powertrain that combines internal combustion and electric performance for a system output of 407 horsepower and 640Nm of torque.
The 2.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder engine and the powerful electric motor utilising a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, delivers a performance-filled drive while producing lower CO₂ emissions.
This eco-friendly powertrain is also featured in all Volvo models built on the SPA, which underpins the 90 and 60 series launched in recent years.
Volvo Car Malaysia Marketing & Public Relations Director Akhtar Sulaiman said the S90 is the embodiment of luxury for the Swedish automotive brand.
"Now with its recharged design, we want to redefine the concept of ‘travel in style’ and showcase that ‘luxury’ can also equate to ‘safety’," he said.
From the chrome-accented exterior and refined trims, to the updated interior with a cleaner overall look, the aesthetics of the S90 Recharge T8 is Scandinavian luxury at its finest.
"And as a final touch, the T8 Twin Engine setup in the S90 Recharge T8 gives the driver a refined, agile and powerful driving experience,” Akhtar said.
Similar to the XC90 premium sports utility vehicle, the S90 Recharge T8 carries on the rich legacy of Volvo cars through the pronounced elegance in Volvo’s design language.
This blend of minimalist design and stylistic cues creates a premium image that is accentuated by Volvo’s key aesthetic features, such as the “Thor Hammer” LED headlight design, vertical chrome grille with the Volvo Iron Mark, and a bold and clean use of the Volvo spreadmark on the rear.
The tail lamps of the S90 Recharge T8 have also been updated to now bear a similar design to the recently launched S60 T8 R-Design mid-sized premium sedan, thus marrying luxury with a little sportiness.
The Scandinavian motif is also integrated into the cabin of the car to further enhance its overall look and feel.
The inclusion of vertical air blades on each side of the Sensus user interface, perforated front seats and sunroof raises the bar on elegant aesthetics.
The Sensus panel on the S90 Recharge T8 ensures that the driver stays connected with intuitive technology and personalised convenience, featuring two front USB outlets that allows for both Apple Carplay and Android Auto, for varied compatibility.
The intuitive, 9-inch portrait touchscreen gives easy and quick access to a full menu of safety features, and in-car entertainment applications for an immersive media and audio experience.
A comprehensively upgraded Bowers & Wilkins sound system features a total of 19 speakers with an output of 1,400W to provide true high-end, in-car audio performance.
The signature Tweeter-on-Top speaker is seamlessly integrated into the design contours of the S90 Recharge T8 and sits just above the dashboard.
This speaker system in the S90 Recharge T8 also employs Bower and Wilkin’s exclusive Nautilus™ speaker technology for an incredible clear and immersive listening experience.
Several speaker updates, such as the new double-dome aluminum tweeters and the new generation mid-range speaker cones in Continuum™ composite, result in a more refined, pure and natural sound production.
Combined with the unique feature of different room modes such as the Concert Hall Mode, which is modelled after the exact acoustic qualities of the famous Gothenburg Concert Hall, and also a Jazz Club Mode, drivers and passengers will be instantly transported to the seats of a Swedish theatre or a classy jazz club.
Additionally, the S90 Recharge T8 also comes with a variety of standard Volvo safety features, starting with a chassis made out of boron steel for added body strength.
This comes in combination with Volvo’s Intellisafe system, which equips the S90 Recharge T8 with the latest safety technology developed by Volvo, such as the Blind Spot Information Systems (BLIS), City Safety, Cross Traffic Alert, Front and Rear Warning and Mitigation Support, Lane Keeping Aid, Pilot Assist, a 180kph speed cap and many more.
Akhtar said the fundamentals surrounding safety, design and performance are the same for the S90 as with any other Volvo.
"Through the dedication of our team, we are confident that the S90 checks all the right boxes to provide a premium driving experience," he said.
Akhtar also said the S90 Recharge T8 is a plug-in hybrid that looked to tomorrow without compromising today’s experience.
"The S90 Recharge T8 is luxury that makes a difference and is the perfect choice for people who embrace their uniqueness and stand out from the crowd,” concluded Akhtar.
Priced at RM358,888, the S90 Recharge T8 is now at RM339,315 after sales tax exemption (on-the-road, without insurance) and will be available for viewing at all authorised Volvo dealers nationwide starting today.
Additionally, the T5 variant, now priced at RM328,888 (before sales tax exemption), will be available from June 2021 onwards. The sales tax exempted pricing is subject to later announcement.
At the same time, it is also available for online booking through Volvo Car Malaysia’s website as a safer alternative and in adherence to the government’s standard operating procedures (SOPs).
Five distinct colours are Bright Silver, Crystal White Pearl, Onyx Black, Platinum Grey and Thunder Grey.
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