KUALA LUMPUR, June 20 — Volvo Car Malaysia unveiled the refreshed Volvo V40 T5 Inscription hatchback with a new face that reflects the new look set by Volvo’s 90 Series cars. The most outstanding features of the new update are the new front grille carrying the new Volvo Iron Mark and the ‘Thor’s Hammer headlights — whilst showing a new face, the Volvo DNA is still very evident.
“In Malaysia, the V40 is our best-selling model after the XC90 making it a very important car for the company. We hope that the new updates in the V40 T5 Inscription will make this very successful model even more attractive to customers within this segment,” said Lennart Stegland, Managing Director, Volvo Car Malaysia.
Other additions to the exterior look include the new Inscription “rank mark” which was first introduced in the XC90. Inscription denotes the highest trim level (Kinetic, Momentum, and Inscription) within the Volvo product range.
On the interior, Milled Aluminium replaces the Shimmer Graphite inlay and a new Inscription tread plate (otherwise known as the scuff plate) has been added. The new Volvo Iron Mark update will carry across the entire car including the steering wheel, Sensus display, and the key fob.
Volvo’s continuing leadership in interior air quality is highlighted in the V40 T5 Inscription with the inclusion of the CleanZone logo on instrument panel air vents. Volvo’s award-winning CleanZone technology ensures that outside air is effectively filtered before entering the cabin, removing harmful pollutants that are increasingly common in large urban areas. CleanZone technology reflects Volvo’s ongoing work to improve the in-car experience, covering incoming air, interior emissions and odours, interior surfaces and contact allergies.
The V40 T5 Inscription maintains its class-leading Drive-E power train featuring a 2.0 litre DOHC Direct Injection gasoline engine with an output of 245hp and 350 Nm of torque. Drive is to the front wheels through by an 8-speed gearbox. This translates to an acceleration time of 6.3s (0-100km/h) and a top speed of 240 km/h. With this impressive output, the Volvo V40 is one of the most powerful hatchbacks available here. Those familiar with the development history of the V40 will know that the platform is shared with the Ford Focus, a model that is renowned for its superb handling characteristics. The V40 is a sleeper that looks sedate but is just waiting to be unleashed. Fuel consumption is rated at a mere 5.9 litres per 100 kilometres.
As always, the V40 T5 Inscription will also retain its segment-leading active safety system, City Safety — Volvo’s umbrella term for Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) or Collision Avoidance and Mitigation technologies.
“In terms of overall product offer, this is the best, value-for- money package that a customer could get in this segment — be it in performance, safety and convenience features, the V40 T5 Inscription is hard to beat,” added Stegland.
The V40 T5 Inscription will be priced at RM180,888 (on-the- road without insurance, inclusive of six per cent GST). Customers will also get to choose four exterior colours including a new colour for the V40: Ice White, Onyx Black, Osmium Grey, and Luminous Sand (new).