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The Japanese OEM has revealed its all-new powertrain system which is set to be installed in 80% of Toyota vehicles by 2023. Based on the Toyota New Global Architecture, the technology will feature a new continuously variable transmission (CVT), a 6-speed manual transmission and a 2.0-liter hybridized engine unit.

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Volvo develops first ever three-cylinder engine

Volvo Cars has detailed its three-cylinder powertrain. The all-new Drive-E unit will debut in the XC40 compact SUV and is the first of its kind in the company’s 91-year history.

The 1.5 liter, direct-injection gasoline engine was developed in-house using the same modular design as Volvo’s four-cylinder Drive-E engines and is bolted to a 6-speed transmission. An optional 8-speed transmission is expected to follow in 2019.

With the new engine designed for integration into Twin Engine plug-in hybrid cars, a hybridized system as well as a pure electric powertrain option for the XC40 will be added later in the year.

“Our new three-cylinder engine is an exciting development for the XC40 and for Volvo Cars in general,” said Alexander Petrofski, senior director at Volvo Cars. “This compact engine design provides the flexibility we need as we introduce more powertrain options for XC40 customers.”

In line with Volvo Cars’s strategy to continue improving economies of scale, the engine will roll off the same production lines as the company’s four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.

Volvo’s current D3 150hp diesel and T4 190hp petrol engines are also available to broaden the XC40 engine offering.

Written by Sam Petters

21 February 2018


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