Updated Volvo V40 gets new four-cylinder Drive-E engine with as much as 242bhp
Steve Cropley Autocar
21 June 2014

Volvo has unveiled an updated V40 for 2015 and has taken the opportunity to introduce high-powered petrol and diesel versions of its all-new modular four-cylinder Drive-E engine family into its smallest model.

Buyers can now choose a £28,000 V40 D4 powered by a 188bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel, or a 242bhp V40 T5 with a twin-turbocharged petrol-burning engine.

Like many of the Drive-E engine family, the D4 version uses a new, Denso-developed system of injector pressure sensors that allow better fuel metering for smoother running and cleaner exhaust emissions.

In manual form, the D4 emits only 99g/km and offers a claimed combined fuel consumption figure of 74.3mpg — statistics currently in line with rivals at least 25 per cent less powerful. The V40 D4 has a top speed of over 140mph and can accelerate from 0-60mph in just 6.8sec.   

Releasing these models is Volvo’s latest and most significant step on a journey to replace its entire suite of ageing and bought-in engines with a clean, own-design modular family of petrol and diesel power units under the Drive-E umbrella.

According to Michael Fleiss, Volvo’s head of powertrain, the company eventually wants to offer four Drive-E petrol engines in power outputs ranging from 150bhp to 300bhp, and four diesels of between 120bhp and 230bhp. All will be built in Sweden, although the company also intends to make Drive-E engines in China to power the models it will build there.

Even when all eight units are on sale, Chinese-owned Volvo’s modular engine range is unlikely to be complete.

According to Fleiss, the Drive-E family could “logically” be extended to include both petrol and diesel engines of a 1.5-litre, three-cylinder design.

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21 June 2014
Sound like great engines, particularly on paper emissions. This is what Jaguar's Ingenium, or what ever they are called, engines need to do. Be more powerful but cleaner than the germans

21 June 2014
Kudos to Volvo for producing an engine that marries Golf GTI pace with the Golf Bluemotion economy and emissions.

21 June 2014
... must though be incredibly expensive. But such an impressive tech sure comes at a prices. I guess is reflected in the cars that use these admittedly technological master peaces.

21 June 2014
Since Autocar cant be arsed to show you the stats, the T5 is even more impressive. 137 g/km and 47.5MPG, which makes the road tax £350 less than the previous T5! That's serious progress!

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22 June 2014
Volvo Cars is fastest growing European premium brand, growing faster than the overall market

The positive momentum of Volvo Cars’ growing sales in Europe continued in May and Volvo Cars continues to grow faster than its main premium competitors in Europe. The latest report from ACEA* shows that while the overall European market was up by 4.3 per cent, Volvo Cars grew by 14.1 per cent, making it the fastest growing European premium brand.

Volvo Cars strengthened its position as market leader in Sweden, while the UK, the Netherlands and Spain also supported growth for Volvo Cars. As a result, Volvo Cars is ahead of the market development for the first five months of the year as well, with registrations growing by 9.6 per cent versus 6.6 per cent for the whole market.

The total number of Volvo registrations in Europe amounted to 21,854 cars in May (2013: 19,154) and for the period January-May 101,903 Volvos were registered (92,962).

A strong product offer including an entirely new engine family is boosting demand for Volvo Cars in European dealerships. The Volvo XC60 crossover is the main growth driver while the XC70 crossover, the V40 hatchback and the V60 sportswagon models are also boosting customer demand. The positive developments are expected to continue as the new Drive-E engine family, offering class leading performance and fuel economy, is rolled out into more car lines.

*European Automobile Manufacturers' Association

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