Volvo reveals new three-cylinder petrol engine for XC40

Volvo reveals new three-cylinder petrol engine for XC40

The company launched the first of a series of new four cylinder, petrol and diesel, Drive-E branded engines back in 2014 and this new powertrain is the first I3 in the Chinese owned, Swedish automaker's 91 year history.

Volvo has revealed a new variant of its baby XC40 with a brand new three-cylinder Drive-E powertrain.

This new engine will be known as the T3, and is also expected to be offered as an option on the next-gen Volvo S60 saloon and V60 wagon.

Furthermore, the new three-cylinder powertrain has been deliberately designed for integration into Twin Engine plug-in hybrid cars.

It will be built in the same production facility as the brand's four-cylinder petrol and diesel units, which now power the XC40 range.


With the Drive-E, the XC40 will also get two other heart transplants, as both the D3 150 hp and the T4 190 hp will also be fitted under the hood.

The headline for the extended range of XC40 models is the arrival of the first Volvo 1.5 litre three-cylinder engine in the new XC40 T3, with 154bhp and manual gearbox, good for 0-62mph in 7.8 seconds.

William Nylander scored for Volvo by helping to introduce the new Volvo XC40 R-Design during Media Day prior to the opening Friday of the Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto. Volvo said more details will be available in due course. The XC40 thus gets a new entry-level base version, as well as a high-end Inscription trim.

"We want our customers to be able to make a statement their way - subtle or otherwise - and so we want to offer them more choices, both in performance and styling". Expect a price tag in the Rs 27-30 lakh region (ex-showroom).

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