Three-pot mo­tor for Volvo XC40

Glamorgan Gazette - - Motors Wales -

VOLVO has an­nounced its sec­ond new petrol pow­er­train in the space of a cou­ple of weeks and this time the new en­gine is des­tined for the com­pany’s XC40 pre­mium com­pact SUV range.

Ear­lier this month, the Swedish maker added a new two litre turbo petrol en­gine to its large car range, now it’s adding a new three-pot petrol en­gine to the line-up of power units avail­able for the reign­ing Euro­pean Car of the Year.

The XC40’s 1.5 litre, T3 petrol en­gine is the first ever three-cylin­der en­gine pro­duced by Volvo and de­vel­ops a healthy 156hp at 5,000rpm. It’s matched to a six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion with an eight-speed au­to­matic to be launched at a later date.

With 265Nm of torque avail­able from 1,850 to 3,850rpm, there’s no short­age of pulling power and the XC40 T3 has an im­pres­sive tow­ing ca­pac­ity of up to 1.6 tonnes with a braked trailer. Ac­cel­er­a­tion is equally im­pres­sive for an en­try-level petrol en­gine, with the 0-62mph sprint dis­patched in 9.4 sec­onds.

Com­bined cy­cle fuel econ­omy is quoted as be­ing up to 45.6mpg with CO2 emis­sions from 144g/km.

Ver­sions fit­ted with the new en­gine join an ex­ten­sively re­vised line up of XC40 mod­els which now ex­tends to 38 dif­fer­ent com­bi­na­tions of en­gines, equip­ment grades and trans­mis­sions at prices rang­ing from £27,610 for the T3 Mo­men­tum man­ual to £37,620 for the T5 In­scrip­tion Pro au­to­matic.

The line-up has grown with the ad­di­tion of two more pow­er­train op­tions in the shape of Volvo’s two-litre, four-cylin­der T4 petrol and D3 diesel en­gines.

The 190hp T4 comes with all-wheel drive and au­to­matic trans­mis­sion as stan­dard, while the 150hp D3 of­fers both man­ual and au­to­matic op­tions, the lat­ter with the added choice of front- or all-wheel drive. The es­tab­lished 247hp T5 petrol and 190hp D4 diesel com­plete the en­gine line-up, both with all-wheel drive and an au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

The new range, which is on sale now, comes in three equip­ment grades – Mo­men­tum, R-De­sign and In­scrip­tion – each of which can be spec­i­fied with an op­tional “Pro” up­grade.

Stan­dard equip­ment is gen­er­ous with en­try level Mo­men­tum mod­els com­ing with a nine-inch touch­screen con­trol­ling mul­ti­ple on-board func­tions, sat­nav, au­to­matic LED head­lights with ac­tive high beam, 18-inch al­loys, dual-zone cli­mate con­trol, Volvo On Call re­mote con­trol and emer­gency as­sis­tance ser­vice, key­less start, rear park­ing sen­sors, cruise con­trol, au­to­matic wind­screen wipers and in­te­grated roof rails.

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