Volvo Cars has launched 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 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 comes with a six-speed transmission. An optional
eight-speed transmission will follow next year.
In line with Volvo Cars’
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 150hp diesel and T4 190hp 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 hybridised as well as a pure electric
powertrain option for the XC40 will be added later
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