The XC40 is a bunch of firsts for Volvo Cars. Firstly, it is the company’s debut into the compact SUV segment, and secondly, it has got a brand new 3-cylinder engine.
The new powertrain is the first 3-cylinder engine in the company’s 91-year history. The new 1.5 litre, 3-cylinder, direct-injection petrol engine was developed in-house using the same modular design as Volvo’s four-cylinder Drive-E engines. The 3-cylinder powertrain comes with a manual 6-speed transmission. An optional 8-speed automatic will follow next year, said Volvo.
The engine will roll off the same production lines as the company’s 4-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.
“Our new three-cylinder engine is an exciting development for the XC40 and for Volvo Cars in general,” said Alexander Petrofski, senior director cluster 40 at Volvo Cars. “This compact engine design provides the flexibility we need as we introduce more powertrain options for XC40 customers.”
Volvo’s current D3 150hp diesel and T4 190hp petrol engines are also added to broaden the XC40 engine offer.
Furthermore, Volvo said that the new 3-cylinder powertrain has been deliberately designed for integration into Twin Engine plug-in hybrid cars. A hybridized as well as a pure electric powertrain option will be added later.
The XC40 was initially offered with a D4 diesel or a T5 petrol 4-cylinder Drive-E powertrain.