Published on May 18th, 2020 | by Subhash Nair


Volvo S60 T8 R-Design Now Locally-Assembled in Shah Alam

Volvo Car Malaysia today announced the availability of the locally-assembled S60. They’ve kept the price and specifications almost identical. It still has the T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid setup, it’s still finished in R-Design trim and it’s still priced at RM295,888 (on-the-road, without insurance, inclusive of excise duty and sales tax). It goes up against the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which are also locally-assembled. However, neither model is currently available as a Plug-in Hybrid. This makes the Volvo the most powerful car in its segment.

However, there’s a little bit of value added this as the CKD model comes with Park Assist as standard. The specifications are otherwise unchanged, with Charcoal Fine Nappa Leather and Open Grid Textile upholstery, and a tailored dashboard. For infotainment, there’s a 14-speaker Harmon Kardon audio system, a tablet-style Sensus Connect infotainment system. This system has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

Volvo S60 T8 sunroof
Volvo S60 T8 SENSUS
Volvo S60 T8 Harmon Kardon
Volvo S60 T8 instrument cluster
Volvo S60 T8 front seats

The S60 is built on the Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA), which is also shared with Volvo’s larger models like the S90, XC60 and XC90. The T8 model we get here is powered by a 2-litre turbocharged and supercharged petrol “Drive-E” Engine as well as an electric motor. Combined, this powertrain has an output of 407hp and 640Nm of torque which gives the S60 a 0-100km/h time of just 4.4 seconds.

Volvo S60 T8
Volvo S60 T8 rear
Volvo S60 T8 front
Volvo S60 T8 side
Volvo S60 T8 front

The 11,600 kWh battery pack, which is housed in the centre tunnel of the car, is built using responsibly-sourced materials. Driven conservatively, you can get up to 46km of electric range from a fully charged car.

The R-Design trim is Volvo Cars’ sportier finish. The XC40 is also available locally in R-Design trim, as were previously CBU models of the S90 and V90. Their other models are usually offered in the low-key ‘Momentum’ trim or the opulent ‘Inscription’ trim.


The locally-assembled S60 is available in the following colours:

  • Crystal White Pearl
  • Fusion Red Metallic
  • Onyx Black Metallic
  • Pebble Grey Metallic.


The car that has something for the road and something for the planet, the Volvo S60 T8 is now available as Completely Knocked-Down (CKD) units for the Malaysian roads. Similar to the current Completely Built-Up (CBU) variant, the Volvo S60 T8 CKD will only come in a single trim – the T8 R-Design. 

Identical to its CBU variant, the Volvo S60 T8 CKD is powered by the award-winning T8 Twin Engine e-AWD plug-in hybrid and can deliver a total output of 407 hp and 640 Nm of torque. Its electric motor outputs 87 hp and 240 Nm of torque while its Drive-E petrol engine, equipped with supercharger and turbocharger technology, produces 320 hp and 400 Nm of torque. This translates into a 0-100 km/h run in a mere 4.4 seconds.

Volvo S60 T8 red

“Being a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), the S60 T8CKD not only helps to minimise exhaust emissions, but also offers exhilarating acceleration and performance. In a sense, it is a vehicle that lets you recharge by giving you control over amazing performance, whilst helping the world recharge via a cleaner environment,” said Nalin Jain, Managing Director of Volvo Car Malaysia.

To recharge the world, Volvo is not only taking the initiative to introduce PHEVs but also purely electric vehicles with the aim to reduce its carbon footprint per vehicle by 40 per-cent between 2018 and 2025. It is also making a change from its supply chain itself – Volvo is the first car manufacturer to use blockchain technology to monitor and trace cobalt throughout the supply line, meaning that the battery packs used in the S60 T8 CKD are sourced responsibly.

Volvo S60 T8 specifications

Joining Volvo’s line-up of luxurious vehicles, the Volvo S60 T8CKD’s interior is the very definition of Scandinavian beauty. Owners can comfortably enjoy the open roads in contoured seats that are made with exclusive Charcoal Fine Nappa Leather with Open Grid Textile upholstery and a tailored dashboard. Adding to the ambience is an immersive 14-speaker system powered by Harman Kardon that is linked to a Sensus Connect infotainment system. Volvo Cars’ Sensus Connect infotainment system is fully compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, keeping drivers connected at all times. The intuitive control is a tablet-style touch screen interface that combines car functions, navigation and in-car entertainment apps.

Volvo S60 T8 colour choice

The Volvo S60 T8 CKD is underpinned by Volvo Cars’ own Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, safety technology and infotainment system, which is used in the top-of-the-line 90 Series cars, the award-winning XC60, now the S60 T8 CKD.

On the subject of safety, the Volvo S60 T8 CKD offers City Safety with Autobrake technology, which assists the driver in avoiding potential collisions and is the only system in the market to recognise pedestrians, cyclists and large animals. In a world-first for the mid-size sedan segment, City Safety now also engages auto braking to mitigate oncoming collisions.

Volvo S60 T8 cabin

The Pilot Assist system – which supports the driver with steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads up to 130km/h – has been upgraded with improved cornering performance. The Volvo S60 T8 CKD also includes Run-off Road Mitigation, Oncoming Lane Mitigation and other steering assistance systems. The Cross Traffic Alert further enhances safety for people inside and outside the car designed to detect traffic crossing behind the car when reversing.

“The S60 T8 CKD is an amazing driver’s car, as it combines precision handling, sporty performance and our legendary legacy for safety. And with the CKD variant now available here in Malaysia, we are giving our customers the ability to experience the best of luxury and performance,” Nalin added.

Volvo S60 T8 rear

The Volvo S60 T8 CKD will be priced at RM295,888 (on-the-road, without insurance, inclusive of excise duty and sales tax) and will be available for viewing at all authorised Volvo dealers nationwide starting today. At the same time, the Volvo S60 T8 CKD will also be made available for booking online through Volvo Car Malaysia’s website as a safer alternative and in adherence to the government’s advice on social distancing. 

Customers will have the option to choose among four distinct colours: Crystal White Pearl, Fusion Red Metallic, Onyx Black Metallic and Pebble Grey Metallic.

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