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Volvo XC40 Will Get A New Three-Cylinder Engine

Volvo XC40 Will Get A New Three-Cylinder Engine

Snapshot: The three-cylinder engine will be Volvo’s first such engine in 91 years and it uses similar modular design as four-cylinder motor.

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Volvo XC40 is ready to receive an all-new three-cylinder engine that will be the Swedish brand’s first ever three-cylinder motor in 91 years. This engine comes following the similar modular design as the four-cylinder motor. The 1.5-litre three-cylinder, direct-injection petrol engine belongs to Volvo’s new crop of Drive-E powertrain family and it is built inhouse by Volvo engineers.

Initially, this new three-cylinder petrol motor will be paired with a 6-speed transmission in the Volvo XC40 that is expected to be launched in India in middle of this year. The luxury car maker plans to introduce a new 8-speed automatic gearbox to the engine next year. However, it is not clear if India-spec Volvo XC40 will get the 8-speed automatic transmission immediately or not.

As Volvo plans to launch a hybrid and a fully electric powered version of the XC40 compact SUV in coming years, the new three-cylinder engine has been designed to be fitted to the twin-engine plug-in hybrid models. As Volvo focuses on increasing profitability by reducing production cost, this new engine will be manufactured alongside the four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines in the same production lines.

Speaking about the upcoming Volvo XC40, this has been one of the most awaited luxury compact cars in India for quite sometime. This SUV will challenge rivals like Mercedes-Benz GLA, BMW X1 and Audi Q3 upon launch. Expect Volvo to price the car competitively against the rivals. It could be available with price tags ranging between Rs. 22 lakh and Rs. 25 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

The SUV incorporates stylish contemporary design in line with the bigger siblings. The unique Volvo styling elements like Thor’s Hammer LED light is present in this car as well and it boasts range of advanced safety features following the brand’s promise to offer superior protection to the occupants and pedestrians.

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