After seemingly teasing the Volvo XC40 Recharge T5 last week, Volvo Car Malaysia (VCM) has now confirmed that plug-in hybrid SUVs will be available to customers here. However, we will have to wait another week to know how much this will cost, as the virtual launch event is not expected to take place until 25 February 2021 at 11am.
The XC40 PHEV was first unveiled in April 2018 at the Beijing Motor Show and has already penetrated several global markets. This also includes Thailand, which acquires its units from Malaysia, so it has always been suggested that we ever get a model.
If you’re interested in charging on behalf of the version, Volvo, when it unveiled the all-electric P8-powered XC40, decided that all of its cars with the charging cable will be equipped with that name. In Malaysia, you will find the name of the filler on all versions of the PHEV XC90, XC60 and S60.
In terms of specifications, the Recharge T5 powertrain with specifications in Thailand consists of a 1.5-liter turbo gasoline three-cylinder gasoline engine with 180 hp (178 hp) and 265 Nm. Unlike the bigger siblings equipped with the T8 twin engine, the electric motor on the XC40 PHEV is mounted at the front on a seven-speed wet dual-clutch transmission and not on the rear axle. The three pots and the DCT are supposed to be the same as for the Proton X50.
This setting means that there is no all-wheel drive here, with the XC40 PHEV being front-wheel drive only. The e-engine is rated at 82 hp (81 hp) and 160 Nm, which contributes to a total output of 262 hp (258 hp) and 425 Nm.
By comparison, the non-plug-in hybrid version of the T5 AWD R-Design currently on sale here is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharger offering 252 hp and 350 Nm. This is combined with the usual eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive is also available as standard.
Despite the output advantage, the XC40 PHEV in the sprint from zero to 100 km / h is actually slower, taking 7.3 seconds instead of 6.4 seconds, as it has the first lithium-ion battery with 10.7 kWh. The top speed in both versions is the same as Volvo’s decision to limit all its cars to 180 km / h.
The XC40 PHEV struggles with a required fuel consumption of just two l / 100 km, which is significantly better than the T5 AWD, which is capable of 7.7 l / 100 km. If your ride is about 42-45 km, you can also do the whole trip with clean electricity.
In terms of actual connection, a 3.7 kW AC charger is fitted as standard, and with a Type 2 connector and a standard 2.3 kW 3-pin socket, it takes five hours to charge. With a more powerful 3.7-, seven- or 22-kW charging station, the time is reduced to three hours.
As already mentioned, we will receive official prices only on the day of the presentation. For reference, the price of the XC40 T5 R-Design is currently RM241.450 OTR without insurance, which takes into account current tax breaks. If VCM opts for a two-variant XC40 range, it will be interesting to see how much the PHEV option applies.
There is a possibility that VCM could follow in the footsteps of Volvo Car Thailand and finally replace the T5 AWD with the Recharge T5. When the XC40 PHEV was launched in Thailand, it effectively replaced the non-hybrid T4 Momentum and T5 AWD R-Design previously available in the country.
The current cast there includes the entry term Recharge T5 R-Design priced at 2.09 million baht (RM281.325), which is the same as the T4 Momentum, while the R-Design and Inscription versions with higher specifications go for the same price – 2.39 million baht (RM321,587) – unchanged from the outgoing T5 AWD R-Design.
With all of the above, are you excited about the arrival of the XC40 Recharge T5? Do you prefer a hybrid T5 AWD without a plug? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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