Published on August 20th, 2013 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Volvo V40 makes it Malaysian debut….priced from RM173,888.00 to RM198,888.00
Volvo Car Malaysia unveiled the new Volvo V40 today. Three models were showcased to the public; the All-New Volvo V40 T4 and the All-New Volvo V40 T5, along with the All-New Volvo V40 Cross Country, a variant with more rugged, sportier features. The new model V40 achieved a five star Euro NCAP collision safety rating with the overall result being the highest ever recorded by the institute.
Keith Schäfer, Managing Director of Volvo Car Malaysia, officiated proceedings at the widely anticipated launch ceremony, having taken the reins of Volvo Car Malaysia from retiring Volvo Car Asia President, Mr Goran Larson, in the last couple of weeks.
“The All-New V40 is an important model within a new and exciting segment that shows huge potential. The goal is to take a leading position when it comes to design safety and driving dynamics. The hatchback segment is a growing sector in Europe and in Asia with the V40 setting new standards in this competitive segment. We intend to be class leading for hatchbacks in terms of driving dynamics, and of course, in safety, and the V40 shows how we have put a great deal of effort both into improving driving characteristics”.
The All-New Volvo V40 is the latest addition to the Volvo family, with several new high-tech features alongside the full complement of safety technologies from the larger Volvo models, which takes a further step towards Vision 2020, the Volvo Safety Vision that no-one is seriously injured or killed whilst travelling in a new Volvo car by 2020.
Available from RM173,888 for the V40 T4 model, RM188,888 for the T5 model and RM198,888 for the V40 Cross Country, the newly launched cars are competitively priced, with technology that would normally come at a much higher price. In addition, the Volvo comes with best in class coverage; 5 years free servicing, inclusive of parts,5 years free warranty and 5 years Volvo On-Call cover provides hassle-free motoring for all new Volvo owners.
Notable features that come as standard are the enhanced City Safety technology up to an increased 50km/h, Cross Traffic Alert accompanying the Blind Spot Information System and innovative knee-airbags for drivers.
The digital instrument cluster allows a choice of three variations based on the driver’s preference; Eco, Elegance and Performance, meaning that the information the driver wants is the information featured largest.
During development operations with the All-New V40, Volvo paid careful attention to the feedback received from their customers especially in terms of the looks they would prefer for the car. In a particularly tough market segment, the new V40 sets a high benchmark contrasting beautiful design with functional proportions, and on top of this, an agile new chassis which makes driving a joy, by producing a car specifically designed with the drivers’ needs in sharp focus. Everything a driver can feel, touch and control, is “Designed Around You”, making the All-New V40 an excellent platform to strengthen the Volvo brand.
The All-New Volvo V40 features a luxury look and feel that emphasises the aura of a compact car with large-car digital content and characteristics. The driver-centric approach is enhanced with a new, fully graphic instrument cluster that allows the driver to personalise instrument layout and the information provided.
Additionally, the All-New V40 also boasts class-leading driving dynamics thanks to focused attention to a number of vital areas.
In control via the steering wheel
In Volvo Sensus, all information is presented on a five-inch or seven-inch colour screen in the upper part of the instrument panel. The integrated screen makes it easy for the driver to keep his or her eyes on the road.
All the functions can be operated from the steering wheel or via controls located directly below the colour screen.
Audio and information
The All-New Volvo V40 can be equipped with Bluetooth® technology that enables wireless communication. The Bluetooth connection allows not only hands-free phone conversations but also music streaming from your preferred Bluetooth enabled portable music player. Volvo is actually the only brand to offer Bluetooth music streaming throughout the entire vehicle range.
Dynamic chassis standard
The Dynamic chassis is standard. The rigid body and low centre of gravity promote an alert, quick-responding character that focuses on the driving experience, yet without compromising ride comfort.
Steering with precise response
The steering column’s thick tubing and stiff insulator increase torsional rigidity. This also contributes to the enhanced feeling of direct contact with the wheels and the road.
The Electrical Power Assist Steering (EPAS) uses an electrical motor to support the steering rack and the driver can choose between three levels of power assistance.
Range of eager petrol engines
To optimise the driving experience, the All-New Volvo V40 T5 and Cross Country has a five-cylinder 2.0-liter turbocharged T5 engine with a power output of 213 hp and 300 Nm of torque. Whilst the 1.6-litre GTDi T4 engine has a power output of 180 hp and offers maximum torque of 240 Nm.
Smooth Powershift transmission
The T5 version comes with a six-speed automatic gearbox, while the T4 is available with the automatic six-speed Powershift transmission.