Here comes the first three-cylinder (but 115kW!) Volvo

  • One engine for now – but lots of trim levels
  • Stainless-steel belly plates part of the deal
  • XC40 is a Euro Coty winner now going volume 
VOLVO XC40 T3 ARRIVES IN SA. Image: Volvo SA
VOLVO XC40 T3 ARRIVES IN SA. Image: Volvo SA

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Volvo’s XC40, the first three-cylinder engine in the company’s 91-year history, is now available in South Africa as a T3.

The all-new, 1.5-litre, direct-injection petrol engine, the automaker says, was developed in-house with the same modular design as Volvo’s four-cylinder Drive-E engines and will be hooked to a six-speed manual transmission – though an eight-speed transmission will follow eventually.

VOLVO XC40 T3 ARRIVES IN SA. Image: Volvo SA
VOLVO XC40 T3 ARRIVES IN SA. Image: Volvo SA

The engine was, Volvo says, designed for use in Twin Engine plug-in hybrid cars and, yes, a hybridised and pure electric powertrain option for the XC40 will be added later.

ONE ENGINE – FOR NOW

For now, in South Africa, the XC40 T3 will be in showrooms only with the manual gearbox. The T3 auto will arrive in 2019 but each versions will be capable of 115kW / 265Nm ”and perform exceptionally well with excellent fuel efficiency”.

One engine, yes, but Volvo SA says the units will be available in a range of trim levels: Momentum and R-Design, plus the ”luxurious” new Inscription, that last with exterior styling choices that offer 18″, 19″ or 20″ wheel rims, belly skid plates, window and grille mesh chroming, and model-specific body colours.

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The Inscription cabin will also offer a new crystal gear-knob and ”Driftwood” decoration first seen Volvo says, in its award-winning XC60 mid-size SUV.

VOLVO XC40 T3 ARRIVES IN SA. Image: Volvo SA
VOLVO XC40 T3 ARRIVES IN SA. Image: Volvo SA

”XC40 buyers can,” the automaker adds, ”further express themselves with accessories such as 21″ Black Diamond Cut alloy wheel rims and a new accessory styling kit that offers brushed stainless-steel skid plates and dual tailpipes.

”With the title of 2018 European Car of the Year already under its belt, Volvo’s XC40 is quickly turning into a volume seller in South Africa. With the addition of the T3 engine, customers now have even more options when choosing an XC40.

VOLVO XC40 T3 ARRIVES IN SA. Image: Volvo SA
VOLVO XC40 T3 ARRIVES IN SA. Image: Volvo SA

”The XC40 brings a breath of fresh Swedish air to the premium compact SUV segment, throwing away the rule book to create a new motoring experience where individual style meets a functional and supremely minimalistic driving environment.”

NEW DESIGN ELEMENTS

An evolution of design, the automaker adds, has brought an ”expressive and unique” cabin with all of Volvo’s latest design elements, among the a 21cm Sensus Connect touchscreen and digital instrument cluster.

New design elements (optional white roof, white caps on the external mirror caps and wheels, red leather, and carpets, made of 100% recycled materials) are included.

Function features include a removable rubbish bin, cubby-hole hook, smartphone storage area with induction charging, and a multi-adaptable boot floor.

…AND SO TO THE PRICES…

Volvo XC40 T3 Manual Momentum – R486 500
Volvo XC40 T3 lnscription – R518 200
Volvo XC40 T3 R-Design – R525 300
Volvo XC40 D4 Geartronic AWD Momentum – R599 000

VOLVO XC40 T3 ARRIVES IN SA. Image: Volvo SA
VOLVO XC40 T3 ARRIVES IN SA. Image: Volvo SA

Volvo XC40 T5 Geartronic AWD Momentum – R605 300
Volvo XC40 D4 Geartronic AWD Inscription – R630 700
Volvo XC40 T5 Geartronic AWD Inscription – R637 000
Volvo XC40 D4 Geartronic AWD R-Design – R637 800
Volvo XC40 T5 Geartronic AWD R·Design – R644 100

…AND SOME KEY NEW FEATURES

City Safety will identify the possibility of a crash, even at night, and apply brakes if the driver does not react through three levels of intervention: warning, brake support, and aulto braking.

Pedestrian, Cyclist and Large Animal Detection auto-brakes under the control of advanced sensor scanning the road – but only after a flashing warning light / alarm prompts the driver to do so.

Rear radar will identify a potential rear shunt, tighten crash belts, set tail lights flashing to warn the following, and brake to help absorb the impact.

VOLVO XC40 T3 ARRIVES IN SA. Image: Volvo SA
VOLVO XC40 T3 ARRIVES IN SA. Image: Volvo SA

Lane Keeping Aid is standard to warn of, then prevent, unintended lane changes. If the supplied steering intervention is insufficient the driver will be alerted by steering-wheel vibration. The system is active from 65-200km/h.

Road-sign information will be repeated on the instrument panel.

There are many more options – call you local Volvo dealer for more information.

VOLVO XC40 T3 ARRIVES IN SA. Image: Volvo SA
VOLVO XC40 T3 ARRIVES IN SA. Image: Volvo SA

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