Volvo XC40 debuts new 3-cylinder engine

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The first 3-cylinder engine in the business’s 91-year history, Volvo Cars launched its new Drive-E powertrain in the XC40 compact SUV. Developed in-house using the same modular design as Volvo’s four-cylinder Drive-E engines, the 1.5-litre, three-cylinder, direct-injection petrol engine comes with a six-speed transmission; an optional eight-speed transmission will follow next year.

“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.” In line with Volvo Cars’ plan to continue enhancing 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 purposely intended for addition into Twin Engine plug-in hybrid cars. A hybridized as well as a pure electric powertrain option for the XC40 will be added later.

The XC40 is expected to launch in India in mid-2018, where it will rival the BMW X1, Mercedes GLA and Audi Q3. There is no information on which powertrain is likely to come to India. Expect a price tag in the Rs.27-30 lakh region (ex-showroom).