Volvo Cars launched its new three-cylinder Drive-E powertrain in the XC40 and is the first three-cylinder engine in the company's 91-year history. The all-new 1.5-litre, 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 6-Speed manual transmission. An optional 8-Speed automatic transmission will follow next year.
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"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."
The new three-cylinder powertrain has been 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. XC40 customers now have more choice in trim levels, including entry-level Momentum and dynamic R-Design versions, plus the luxurious new Inscription trim level.
The engine will roll off the same production lines as the company's four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. Volvo's current D3 150 bhp diesel and T4 190 bhp petrol engines are also added to broaden the XC40 engine offer.