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A raft of new powertrains are heading to Volvo's smallest SUV; full-electric model will have an expected 310-mile range

Volvo has introduced its first three-cylinder engine, which will arrive in the Volvo XC40 ahead of plug-in hybrid and full-electric variants. 

The 1.5-litre unit, badged T3, follows the brand’s four-cylinder Drive-E engines of recent years. It gets a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, with an eight-speed automatic available from 2019. Volvo expects the T3 to make up around 10% of XC40 sales. 

The first XC40 customers will receive their cars in March, while deliveries of the T3-engined vehicle start in the summer. T3-engined XC40s are priced from £27,905. Performance, economy and emissions figures are yet to be released.

Volvo announced that the engine is the basis for its XC40 plug-in hybrid, which will bear the company’s Twin Engine branding for the electrified version, due at the end of the year. (It has now been revealed at the Beijing motor show).

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The news coincides with Volvo’s confirmation that a full-electric version is coming. However, Volvo’s first EV will be a hatchback following the 40.2 concept of last year, meaning the XC40 EV will arrive some time afterwards as the marque’s second zero-emissions car. 

Like the full-electric hatchback, the EV XC40 is expected to have a range of around 310 miles.

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Rexbo 6 March 2018

Real world the 310 range

Real world the 310 range probably means 250 miles then wait an hour to recharge...not for me. Need real world 400+ with 10-15 min  recharge for mass appeal.

shortbread 19 February 2018

Another day, another VOLVO story!

Wake me up when they actually start selling electric cars at a dealership.