Published on April 22nd, 2021 | by Subhash Nair


Volvo S90 Facelift Arrives In Malaysia

The Volvo S90 Recharge T8 Facelift model gets launched in Malaysia.

Volvo Car Malaysia has launched the facelift of the S90, their flagship luxury sedan. While this is a facelift, very little has been changed in terms of design and equipment. Under the hood, it’s still exactly the same as before in both the T5 and T8 models.

Two variants are being introduced:

  • Volvo S90 T5 Momentum – RM328,888 (WITH SST)
  • Volvo S90 Recharge T8 Inscription Plus – RM358,888 (WITH SST), RM339,315 (WITHOUT SST)

SST-free pricing of the T5 Momentum can’t be confirmed just yet.

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So, here’s what’s new on the 2021 Volvo S90 Recharge T8 Inscription Plus model:

  • Name: it is now referred to as S90 Recharge T8
  • Larger 11.6kWh lithium-ion battery (vs 10.4kWh) with 58km of all-electric range
  • redesign
    • front bumper
    • new air intakes
    • chrome strips (sides, front and rear) part of Inscription package
    • 3D-effect taillamps
    • sequential rear turn signals
    • hidden exhaust tips
    • 19″ 10-spoke diamond cut alloy wheels
  • Android Auto and Apple Carplay enabled 12.3″ display
  • 2 new USB-C ports for rear passengers
  • reshaped Orrefors crystal gear knob
  • illuminated “Recharge” tread plates

Here are the specifications for each model.

Here’s what you get from the Volvo S90 T5 Momentum.

Here’s the press release with more.


Volvo Car Malaysia introduces an updated model of the Volvo S90 today, with a new exterior and interior finishing that complements the latest, leading safety and technology features. With this facelift, the new Volvo S90 Recharge T8 empowers drivers to be the difference when it comes to luxury, safety and sustainability.

The newly updated premium 4-door, 5-seat flagship sedan is built on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform. Powered by Volvo’s Drive-E powertrain, the S90 Recharge T8 is equipped with a T8 Twin Engine and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery capable of producing 407 horsepower and 640Nm of torque.

The combination of the four-cylinder engine and the powerful electric motor provides a powerful, performance-filled drive while producing lower CO 2 emissions. This powertrain is also featured in all Volvo models built on the SPA, which underpins the 90 and 60 series launched in recent years.

Akhtar Sulaiman, Marketing & Public Relations Director for Volvo Car Malaysia said: “The Volvo S90 is the embodiment of luxury for us and now with its recharged design, we want to redefine the concept of ‘travel in style’ and showcase that ‘luxury’ can also equate to ‘safety’. The aesthetics of the car – from the chrome-accented exterior and refined trims, to the updated interior with a cleaner overall look – is Scandinavian luxury at its finest. And as a final touch, the T8 Twin Engine setup in the Volvo S90 Recharge T8 gives the driver a refined, agile and powerful driving experience.”


Similar to the XC90, 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 Volvo S90 Recharge T8 have also been updated to now bear a similar design to the recently launched Volvo S60 T8 R-Design, 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.

Connectivity, Entertainment, and Safety

The Sensus panel on the Volvo 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
touch screen gives easy and quick access to a full menu of safety features, and in-car entertainment applications for an immersive media and audio experience.

The S90 Recharge T8 introduces a comprehensively upgraded Bowers & Wilkins sound system that consists of 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 aluminium 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 180kmh speed cap and many more.

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).

Customers will have the option to choose from among five distinct colours: Bright Silver, Crystal White Pearl, Onyx Black, Platinum Grey and Thunder Grey.

For more information please visit or follow Volvo Car Malaysia on Facebook and Instagram for more updates.

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