After nearly a decade of absence, the S60 sedan and its wagon twin the V60 will be making a return to Malaysia. This was confirmed earlier this week in an investors’ briefing by MBM Resources (MBMR), the parent company of Volvo Car dealer Federal Auto.
No further details were provided but MBMR confirmed that both the S60 and V60 are in the pipeline for a launch later this year.
Set to go up against the segment’s traditional stalwarts like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3 Series, the S60 offers a Scandinavian alternative over the German duo.
Also offered alongside the S90 is the V60 wagon but we don’t expect this to become a permanent fixture in Volvo Car Malaysia’s local line-up. Like the short-lived V90, the V60 will most likely be offered in very limited units, for no more than one year. Buyers on this side of the world aren’t very keen on wagons.
The initial allocation of S60/V60 for Malaysia will be imported from USA, with local assembly to follow in 2020, after at the Volvo Car Manufacturing plant in Shah Alam., but only for the S60.
As with the S90, XC90 and XC60, the Shah Alam-assembled S60 will also be exported to Thailand.
Details of the variant line-up is still unclear, likewise the availability of plug-in hybrid variants. All signs suggest that the current government isn’t very keen on extending tax incentives for luxury plug-in hybrid cars.
Globally, the S60/V60 is offered with four petrol engine options, all 2.0-litre turbocharged direct injected four-cylinder – T4, T5, T6, T6 Twin Engine – delivering up to 415 hp/670 Nm with the Polestar Engineered factory-approved tuning option. Without, the T6 Twin Engine tops out at 390 hp/640 Nm.
All engines are paired to an 8-speed torque converter automatic transmission. All-wheel is available for the T5 and T6.
Like the 90 and 60 series cars, the S60/V60 is built upon Volvo’s modular SPA (Scalable Product Architecture) platform.