Volvo has revealed its new three-cylinder Drive-E powertrain in the XC40, the company’s first entry into the compact SUV segment. The new powertrain is the first three-cylinder engine in the company’s 91-year history.
The new 1.5-liter, three-cylinder, direct-injection petrol engine was developed in-house using the same modular design as Volvo’s four-cylinder Drive-E engines. The three-cylinder powertrain (badged T3) comes with a six-speed manual transmission. An optional eight-speed automatic transmission will follow next year.
In line with Volvo’s strategy to continue improving economies of scale, the engine will roll off the same production lines as the company’s four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.
Volvo’s current D3 150 hp diesel and T4 190 hp petrol engines are also added to broaden the XC40 engine offer.
Furthermore, the new three-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 for the XC40 will be added later. The Volvo XC40 is offered in these trim levels: entry-level Momentum and dynamic R-Design versions, plus the luxurious new Inscription trim level.
Volvo XC40 Inscription trim level
Inside, Inscription adds a newly designed crystal gear knob (on versions with an automatic transmission) and the attractive Driftwood deco inlays, which Volvo introduced in its award-winning XC60 mid-size SUV. Add-ons available are the new exterior styling kit that offers brushed stainless steel skid plates, lower door trim mouldings and integrated dual tailpipes, and the new accessory roof spoiler.
The Volvo XC40 T3 starts at 27,905 pounds in the UK, with Inscription versions available from 30,405 pounds.
Volvo XC40 overview
The new XC40 is the brand’s first entry into the compact luxury SUV segment. The new XC40 is the first model on the Volvo’s new modular vehicle architecture (CMA) platform which will underpin all other upcoming vehicles in the 40 Series including fully electrified vehicles.
The most powerful XC40 T5 (2.0 liter, 4-cylinder turbo engine with 8-speed gearbox) with all-wheel-drive churns up to 250 hp and 350 Nm (258 ft. lb.) of torque.
All of the technologies audiences have come to expect from Volvo’s 90 and 60 Series’ are also equipped in the new XC40, making it one of the best-equipped small premium SUVs on the market.