Volvo has added new powertrain options to its XC40. The SUV’s tweaked 1.5-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine now offers 165ps (from 158ps) and is available for the first time with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
As a result of the changes, the manual version’s 0-100km/h time is cut from 9.4 seconds to 9.3 seconds, while the automatic takes 9.6 seconds. Efficiency has also improved, with WLTP combined fuel economy of up to 5.7l/100km for the T3 manual.
The 2-liter four-cylinder T4 gasoline engine has also been upgraded, meaning it is available with two-wheel drive. The front-wheel-drive T4 manages 0-100km/h in 8.4 seconds. While its combined fuel economy reaches 6.4l/100km.
Volvo plans to further expand the XC40 range with the introduction of a T5 Twin Engine gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid variant in early 2020.