Three cylinder engine to drive Hybrid Volvo X40s

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Exploded view of Volvo 3-cylinder 1.5 litre Drive-E engine for the XC40

Volvo has developed a 1.5 litre, 3-cylinder engine to be the basis of its Drive-E hybrid powertrain for the X40.

Volvo Cars has launched a three-cylinder Drive-E powertrain for the XC40 compact 4×4, representing the first three-cylinder engine in the company’s 91-year history.

The engine is a 1.5 litre, direct-injection petrol engine, which was developed in-house using the same modular design as Volvo’s four-cylinder Drive-E engines. The three-cylinder powertrain comes with a six-speed transmission. An optional eight-speed transmission will follow next year.

In line with Volvo Cars’ strategy to continue improving economies of scale, the engine will roll off the same production lines as the company’s four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.

“Our new three-cylinder engine is an exciting development for the XC40 and for Volvo Cars in general,” said Alexander Petrofski, senior director cluster 40 at Volvo Cars. “This compact engine design provides the flexibility we need as we introduce more powertrain options for XC40 customers.”

The three-cylinder powertrain has been deliberately designed for integration into Twin Engine plug-in hybrid cars. A hybridised as well as a pure electric powertrain option for the XC40 will be added later. The engine will be a powerful tool in delivering the strategy to have hybrid and electric versions of every model available in the Volvo range.

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