4:00 PM | March 14 2018

Volvo reveals new compact engine

Volvo Cars has announced its smallest engine yet – the T3 three-cylinder.

Volvo Cars’ vast range of innovative Drive-E powertrains has a new member: the first three-cylinder engine in the company’s 91-year history.

Fittingly, the new engine – which will be denoted by the T3 badge – is set to debut in Volvo’s first ever compact SUV, the XC40.

The 1.5-litre direct-fuel-injection three-cylinder was developed in-house and uses the same modular design as Volvo’s four-cylinder petrol and diesel Drive-E engines. It will be built on the same assembly line.

The three-cylinder motor will be paired initially with a six-speed manual gearbox before an optional eight-speed automatic becomes available from 2019 onwards.

“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.

“The new XC40 is a youthful car that suits drivers with a strong sense of individuality. We want our customers to be able to make a statement their way – subtle or otherwise – and so we want to offer them more choices, both in performance and styling.

”As part of Volvo Cars’ industry-leading electrification strategy, the company’s smallest engine is designed to integrate into a Twin Engine plug-in hybrid – combining with an electric motor and a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to achieve both responsive acceleration and excellent fuel consumption.

In addition to a hybrid variant, there will also be a pure electric version of the XC40.

Regular powertrains from Volvo’s Drive-E range also join the options for the compact luxury SUV, including the 140kW T4 turbo petrol.

Powertrain options for the initial Australian launch of the Volvo XC40 comprise the T5 turbo petrol and D4 turbo diesel.

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