Aside from the fact that XC40 is Volvo’s first entry in the premium compact SUV segment, it also houses the Swedish brand's first-ever three-cylinder engine badged as ‘T3’.
First in the 91-year history of the brand, the 1.5L, three-cylinder, direct-injection gasoline engine uses the same modular design as Volvo’s four-cylinder Drive-E engines. As of now, this power plant is partnered with a 6-speed manual transmission, while the optional 8-speed automatic transmission is said to be available next year.
Additionally, this new powertrain is designed to match XC40’s version of future twin engine plug-in hybrid cars and pure electric vehicle (EV) that are expected to roll off in the near future. In case you’re wondering, the T3 will be made at the same production lines as Volvo’s four-cylinder engines.
The premium marque also added its current 4-cylinder D3 150-hp diesel and 5-cylinder T4 190-hp gasoline engines to give customers more options.
In terms of style, the premium brand also added a new trim level called Inscription level. The customers can choose from 18-inch, 19-inch, and 20-inch rims, unique skid plates, side window and grille mesh chrome, and model-specific car colors for a better exterior styling. Inside, it features a fancy crystal gear knob and luxurious driftwood design to give off an elegant appeal.
“Our new three-cylinder engine is an exciting development for the XC40 and for Volvo Cars in general. This compact engine design provides the flexibility we need as we introduce more powertrain options for XC40 customers.”