The XC40 Recharge T5 R-Design is built on Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform, featuring the company’s first-ever 1.5 litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine Drive-E powertrain. It is capable of producing a combined output of 262 hp and 425 Nm of torque, with an added 82 hp and 160 Nm torque via its electric motor, which is mounted to its seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox that’s powering the SUV’s front wheels.
Volvo claims that XC40 Recharge T5 is able to hit 0 to 100km/h in just 7.3 seconds, and comes with a top speed that is capped at 180km/h – in line with the company’s new initiative. For those unfamiliar, Volvo announced its Vision 2020 programme in March of last year with the aim to set a universal speed limit across all of its upcoming vehicles in order to promote safe driving. Like most of the company’s recent launches in Malaysia, the XC40 Recharge T5 is locally-assembled at its assembly plant located in Shah Alam.