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Volvo XC40 SUV adds new engines

Three new engines have been added to the Volvo XC40 range, taking choices available for the SUV to five.

The XC40 launched earlier in 2017 with a 247hp T5 petrol engine or a D4 diesel of 190hp, and took the much-prized European Car of the Year award.

The three new units are led by the T3 petrol, Volvo’s first three-cylinder engine and expected to prove a big seller in the XC40 range. The 1.5-litre unit produces 156hp and 265Nm of torque, put through a six-speed manual transmission – Volvo intends to add an eight-speed auto option later.

T3 models go from 0 to 62mph in 9.4 seconds while returning combined cycle fuel economy of up to 45.6mpg and CO2 emissions from 144g/km.

Further powertrain additions to the XC40 range comprise the 2.0-litre four-cylinder T4 petrol and D3 diesel engines, both proven in other Volvo models. The T4 is supplied as standard with an automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive, while the D3 can be specified in front or all-wheel-drive forms.

XC40 models can now be purchased in three equipment levels, Momentum, R-Design or Inscription. All three are also offered in ‘Pro’ versions that add extra equipment such as heated front seats, bending headlights, LED front fog lights with a cornering function and a heated windscreen.

With the latest additions, the XC40 line-up now comprises 38 different models, starting with the T3 Momentum with manual gearbox at £27,610 and ranging up to the T5 Inscription Pro automatic at £37,620.

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Three-cylinder petrol engine expected to be big seller in XC40.

Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Executivecondominium. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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