The Volvo XC40 T3 1.5 litre three-cylinder engine arrives as an option on the new XC40 as Volvo puts the whole XC40 range on sale in the UK.
The headline for the extended range of XC40 models is the arrival of the first Volvo 1.5 litre three-cylinder engine in the new XC40 T3, with 154bhp and manual gearbox, good for 0-62mph in 7.8 seconds.
An automatic gearbox for the T3 will arrive as an option later in the year, and the same 1.5 litre three-cylinder will also make an appearance when Volvo delivers the Twin Engine hybrid option for the XC40 in due course.
As well as the first three-cylinder engine in a Volvo, the new XC40 can now be had with the 148bhp D3 diesel and the 187bhp T4 petrol, as well as the D4 and T5.
But it’s not just the range of engine options for the XC40 which have grown, so too have trim options.
The launch model XC40 First Edition has now done its job, and the regular Momentum, R-Design and Inscription models become available, although it doesn’t look like you can yet officially order ‘Pro’ versions.
Alexander Petrofski, Volvo 40 Series Director, said:
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.
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.
The arrival of a wider range of trim levels, and the new T3 three-cylinder engine, now means you can grab a new XC40 from a more affordable £27,905.