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Volvo is unveiling the first version of its best-selling V40 hatch to be powered by one its all-new Drive-E modular engine family – the 190bhp D4 diesel – and we’ve been driving it in Sweden.
The car, impressive for its performance, is even more outstanding for its clean air statistics: it emits just 99g/km of CO2, a class-beating output more akin to a 1.6-litre diesel producing 70-80bhp less.
The Drive-E D4 goes on sale this month alongside a high-performance petrol turbo version, the 245bhp Drive-E T5. The pair will lead a lightly revised 2015 V40 line-up that comes minor frontal changes, an optional glass sunroof plus upgrades to its navigation and infotainment systems.
Eventually Volvo will offer eight petrol and diesel versions of its 2.0-litre engine family across its model line-up, stretching in power output from 120bhp to 230bhp for oil burners, and 140bhp to over 300bhp for the petrol engines.
In Volvo's brave new world, all new models for the near to mid-term will be powered by four-cylinder engines – although the company's new powertrain chief, Michael Fleiss, does not rule out the future development of some 1.5-litre three-cylinder models that use the same engine architecture.