Volvo’s First Three-cylinder Engine Arrives
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.