Volvo XC40 next-generation powertrain
8:30 PM | May 17 2019

T5 Twin Engine: XC40’s next-generation powertrain

How do you take the 2018 European Car of the Year and 2019 Wheels Car of the Year, the Volvo XC40, another step forward? With an innovative hybrid powertrain delivering both indulgent performance and thoughtful efficiency.

The XC40 introduced the world to an entirely new type of Volvo – a car uniquely designed to connect with, and meet the needs of, a modern, ever-changing world.

Volvo Cars has now taken the bold blueprint established by the XC40 and taken it a step further with the T5 Twin Engine variant that represents a thrilling driving experience where you don’t have to compromise between high performance and low emissions.

The XC40 T5 Twin Engine – not yet confirmed for Australia – also marks the next step in Volvo Cars’ unique electrification mission, whereby all new Volvo models will feature an electric motor from 2019 onwards.


The XC40 T5 Twin Engine comes equipped with all the onboard innovations that made the XC40 so unique, but the main difference lies below the bonnet and beneath your feet.

Building on pioneering Volvo technology seen in the company’s bigger models, such as the 2015 XC90 T8 Twin Engine AWD and 2012 V60 Plug-in Hybrid, the XC40 T5 Twin Engine features a completely new powertrain that delivers a wide range of benefits for both drivers and the environment by combining an electric motor and petrol engine.

The front-mounted electric motor produces 52kW of power and 180Nm of torque, while the T5’s new, compact 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine serves up 134kW and 265Nm. Combined, they deliver a potent 184kW and 445Nm. Both the electric motor and the petrol engine drive the front wheels, working harmoniously to keep performance levels high with extraordinary acceleration yet allowing owners to enjoy low fuel consumption and low emissions.

Volvo T8 Twin ENgine plu-in hybrid drivetrain
Above: A birds-eye skeletal view of Volvo Cars’ T5 Twin Engine powertrain.


The ability to switch from petrol to pure electric power gives you the freedom to choose how you want to go about your day. In Pure mode, the electric motor delivers a driving range of about 50km – ideal for short commutes and emissions-free city driving, while the petrol engine is always a reassuring presence on longer trips.

Three further driving modes include Hybrid (the default mode), Power (which maximises both power units) and Off-road. The car also features an Individual mode that allows you to tailor an individual drive mode to better suit your style of driving.

In addition to the different drive modes, the XC40 T5 Twin Engine features a Hold and Charge function that lets you control how much battery power you use. Pressing Hold keeps the current battery charge for use later, while the Charge button instructs the petrol engine to charge the battery to a certain level.


Just like the T5 Twin Engine’s electric motor and petrol engine, the battery is compact. These neat proportions mean the battery doesn’t intrude into the cabin or boot compartments.

As well as delivering extra space, the battery can be charged quickly and ensures a great driving experience with well-balanced handling thanks to its smart positioning in the centre of the car. Built using next-generation technology, the battery’s efficient construction also reduces complexity and increases reliability.


Today, more and more hybrid vehicles feature regenerative braking. This is where the braking system recaptures much of the car's kinetic energy and converts it into electricity, which is then used to recharge the car's battery. Regenerative braking also helps increase driving range and reduce the wear on brake pads and discs.

What makes the Volvo XC40 T5 Twin Engine unique among other hybrids is that it features Regenerative Stability Control – a Volvo-developed system that delivers all the benefits of regenerative braking, while ensuring the car remains stable at all times during the regenerative braking process.

At Volvo Cars, we see our innovative approach to electrification leading to a future where life is simpler, safer and people have a little more time to truly call their own. This is our vision. The new Volvo XC40 T5 Twin Engine is the natural next step.

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