Volvo’s First Three-cylin­der En­gine Ar­rives

Car India - - BULLETIN -

With Volvo cars mov­ing to smaller engines, keep­ing the fo­cus on ef­fi­ciency, the Swedish ma­jor had ear­lier con­firmed a new range of three-cylin­der engines on the Drive-E plat­form and the first of the new breed has ar­rived in the new XC40 T3, now on sale in Europe.

The “T3”-spec en­gine is the first three-cylin­der mo­tor for Volvo in over 90 years. It is based on the Drive-E en­gine plat­form. The new 1.5-litre (1,477-cc) en­gine uses the same bore and stroke of 82.0 x 93.2 mm as its four-cylin­der coun­ter­part for a uni­tary ca­pac­ity of 492.2 cc. In the XC40, it ar­rives as the B3154T with­out a nu­meric suf­fix for now. It uses four valves per cylin­der, with two over­head camshafts. In this spec­i­fi­ca­tion, it makes a peak 156 PS at 5,000 rpm and 265 Nm be­tween 1,850 and 3,800 rpm. Ini­tially, it’s avail­able only in con­junc­tion with a six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion driv­ing the front wheels. How­ever, a new seven-speed du­al­clutch au­to­matic is also on the cards, with the new T5 Twin En­gine ver­sion set to re­ceive an ad­vanced ver­sion of the hy­brid trans­mis­sion.

The new Volvo Drive-E engines are as light and com­pact as they are ef­fi­cient. The XC40 T3 weighs just 1,568 kg.

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