We all know that the Swedish luxury automaker Volvo is preparing to launch the India-bound XC40 in the country by mid-2018. Ahead of the launch, Volvo has now introduced its first ever three-cylinder Drive-E engine in the XC40. What makes it more interesting is the fact that in the company’s 91-year history, the new three-cylinder engine is indeed a first by the automaker to be introduced in a vehicle.
The in-house developed three-cylinder petrol engine is based on the same modular design as Volvo’s four-cylinder Drive-E engines and initially it will come mated to a six-speed manual transmission. However, by 2019 Volvo might also introduce an optional eight-speed transmission with the engine. To be produced on the company’s existing production lines for the four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, according to the reports, this engine is compatible with the Twin Engine plug-in hybrid cars as well.
Currently, the Volvo XC40 comes powered by the D3 148bhp diesel and T4 188bhp petrol engine options and will continue to come powered by these two engine options as well. However, the addition of the third engine has also further widened trim options for customers including the entry-level Momentum and dynamic R-Design versions, along with the luxurious new Inscription variant.
Talking about the new Inscription variant, as compared to the other variants this new and luxurious version will get 20-inch wheels, new skid plates and side window and grill mesh chrome at the exterior while the interior will come with a crystal gear knob and ‘Driftwood’ applique on the dashboard.
The new XC40 is based on Volvo’s new modular vehicle architecture (CMA) that also underpins all other upcoming cars in the 40 Series, which includes the fully electrified vehicles too. When launched, the Volvo XC40 will compete with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLA, BMW X1 and Audi Q3 in India.