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David McCowen | Aug, 22 2018 | 0 Comments

Volvo’s XC40 range looks set to expand with the addition of three new engines. 

The new XC40 T3 offered overseas features a turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine which uses 6.2L/100km to make 115kW and 265Nm, enough to reach 100km/h in 9.4 seconds.

On sale now in the UK, the model represents an entry point to an XC40 range now home to more than three dozen variants. 

British models come with a six-speed manual transmission as standard, with an eight-speed auto arriving at a later date. Three-cylinder models drive the front wheels, while a new four-cylinder D3 with a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder 110kW/320Nm diesel power plant is available with a choice of front or all-wheel-drive. 

A third new engine takes the form of a “T4” 2.0-litre turbo petrol motor sending 140kW and 300Nm to all four wheels. The fresh engines undercut the existing 182kW/350Nm T5 petrol and 140kW/400Nm D4 diesel engines already offered in Australia.

Volvo’s UK arm has also broadened the specifications scope of its baby SUV, adding new ‘Pro’ option packs for existing Momentum, Inscription and R-Design trim levels which bring larger wheels, heated seats, active headlamps, a heated windscreen and more.

The brand’s Australian arm is expected to reveal its plans for the model in the near future.

Customers who want a more dynamic driving experience can order all-wheel-drive machines with a Polestar-developed software upgrade that sends more torque to the rear axle. 

Promising “enhanced turn-in, better control and engagement”, the tweak also sharpens throttle responses and transmission behaviour to keep enthusiasts happy. 

Stopping short of calling the system “drift mode” or something similarly ludicrous, Volvo says the system comes into play when drivers set the car to Dynamic mode or deactivate stability control. While we haven’t sampled the upgraded XC40, you can bet testing for the system saw Volvo engineers spinning on frozen lakes with similar rotation to Abba’s greatest hits.

 
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