2022 Volvo XC90 B5 AWD Inscription Plus in Malaysia; RM 387k, mild-hybrid X5 rival

Sanjay · Feb 21, 2022 04:31 PM

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We’re here at Volvo Federal Auto, Glenmarie to bring you a live gallery of the Swedish marque’s latest addition for Malaysia: the 2022 Volvo XC90 B5 AWD Inscription Plus, priced from RM 386,842.12, inclusive sales tax exemption and valid until 30-June 2022.

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It's arrival here means it now sits below the range-topping XC90 Recharge T8 AWD Inscription Plus (RM 393,846) in the local line-up. But gone are the days where the 'B' might as well stand for Budget, as this variant boasts a solid specsheet of its own.

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20-inch Black Diamond Cut wheels are standard fitment

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Part of the tech complement is the active, full-LED headlights

Feature lists between this and the T8 are pretty similar as you'll see below, with one key difference: powertrain. This new-model is a mild-hybrid, while the latter is a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model.

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Top speed is capped at 180 km/h, per Volvo's new safety initiative

Speaking of which, under the expansive hood (it's quite a reach once it's opened) of this a rather familiar powertrain: there’s a Drive-E 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, and mated to that is an electric motor acts as the Integrated Starter Generator (ISG).

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What that does is it allows for kinetic energy to be recuperated during braking (good for fuel economy), and promotes significantly smoother start/stop of the engine. 

Also read: 2022 Volvo XC60 facelift launched in Malaysia; from RM 292k, mild hybrid, Android Automotive OS

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Orrferors, hand-made, glass crystal gearknob is just as nice to hold as it is to see

Total system output is 249 PS from 5,400 to 5,700 rpm, and a peak torque figure of 350 Nm from 1,800 to 4,800 rpm. With drive sent to all four wheels (AWD) via an 8-speed automatic 'Geartronic' gearbox, its powertrain is identical to the facelifted Volvo XC60.

Also read: We need to talk about Volvo, but not about its safety

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Chrome elements are part of the Inscription exterior styling package

Much of its kit also mimics the pricier T8 variant, which means the XC90 B5 gains an active chassis with air suspension, Inscription exterior styling package, 20-inch wheels, and a panoramic sunroof.

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The interior is also largely similar to the T8, with the only minor change being the choice of illuminated tread plates (the T8 gets ‘Inscription’, the B5, ‘Volvo’).

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Seats designed by orthopedic surgeons means you'll be hard-pressed to find better seats in other SUVs

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Loads of adjustability through powered adjustments for both front seats

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Easy-folding mechanism makes it easy for occupants to nip down to the third row

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With all seats in its default position, boot space is 436 litres. That expands to 2,426 litres when both rows of rear seats are folded flat

Which means the Nappa Leather-decked cabin of the XC90 is a throughly nice place to be in, especially with all the modern trappings a proper SUV ought to come with: powered front seats up front, four-zone climate control for all seven passengers, and a 19-speaker, 1,400-watt Bowers & Wilkins sound system.

Also read: BMW X5 PHEV vs Volvo XC90 T8 - Which is the better buy?

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'Blackened Ash' wood trim ups the ambiance

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Nifty storage solutions in third row; peep the little spider easter egg!

Being characteristically Volvo means it doesn’t miss out on active safety functions too, with City Safety (autonomous emergency braking with steering support), Lane Keeping Aid (LKA), blind spot monitoring (BSM) with cross traffic alert and auto braking, Pilot Assist, and adaptive cruise control being standard fitment.

Also read: Volvo’s 180 km/h limit is so stupid, it’s actually brilliant, but remember Turbo Rolf?

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9-inch Sensus Connect infotainment screen comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

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Volvo Car Malaysia backs the XC90 with a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty, and the car is now available at all authorised Volvo dealers in Peninsular Malaysia. If you’re reading this in East Malaysia, there’s a short wait: the SUV will be available there beginning 5-March onwards.

Also read: Volvo V60 Recharge T8 launched in Malaysia; RM 4k more than S60 but way more practical

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Special thanks to Volvo 4S Centre, Federal Auto Cars, Glenmarie, for the photo opportunity.

Sanjay

Senior Writer

With humble beginnings collecting diecast models and spending hours virtually tuning dream cars on the computer, his love of cars has delightfully transformed into a career. Sanjay enjoys how the same passion for cars transcends boundaries and brings people together.

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