A raft of new powertrains are heading to Volvo's smallest SUV; full-electric model will have an expected 310-mile range
Jimi Beckwith
19 February 2018

Volvo has introduced its first three-cylinder engine, which will arrive in the 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).

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. 

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19 February 2018

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

6 March 2018

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.

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