Volvo XC40

Volvo’s smallest SUV

08 February 2018

VOLVO’S family-sized XC40 is to become more affordable and environmentally friendly with the introduction of a tiny new petrol engine and also an electric hybrid choice.

The company says that both are on the cards for the multi award-winning new small SUV from the Scandinavian-based motor manufacturer that has just announced record sales and profits.

The XC40 has won most of the worthwhile motoring awards since its recent arrival here, but with an entry price of almost £28,000 it is a tad too pricey for many.

However, significant advances in engine technology mean that small engines with just three cylinders can now produce as much power and torque as those of twice the size of a few years ago.

Smaller engines weigh less, are cheaper to build, and mean lower running costs for owners.

This will result in a significant price reduction for the compact Volvo SUV when the newcomer arrives here with the first three-cylinder engine in the company’s 90-year history.

The unit is a 1.5-litre direct-injection petrol engine with a six-speed manual transmission. An optional eight-speed automatic transmission will follow next year.

Volvo has also revealed that the new three-cylinder engine is designed for integration into twin engine plug-in hybrid cars.

This means that a hybridised plus a pure electric option for the XC40 will be added later and Volvo says that more details will be available in due course.

Volvo's current D3 150bhp diesel and T4 190bhp petrol engines are also added to broaden the XC40 engine offer

The XC40 also gains more trim levels, including entry-level Momentum and dynamic R-Design versions, plus a more luxurious new Inscription trim level.

Inscription trim offers exterior styling choices with 18" to 21" wheels, unique skid plates, side window and grille mesh chrome, plus model-specific paint colours. Inside, Inscription adds a newly designed crystal gear knob on versions with an automatic transmission and Volvo’s trademark Driftwood deco inlays, which are taken from the larger XC60 SUV.

New accessories include an exterior styling kit that offers brushed stainless steel skid plates, lower door trim mouldings and integrated dual tailpipes, and a roof spoiler.

Prices for the XC40 T3 start at £27,905, with Inscription versions costing from £30,405. First deliveries of these models are expected this summer, with no firm prices yet for the new less-expensive versions that will follow.