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Volvo V40 Now Features Drive-E Powertrains

February 27, 2014

Volvo V40 Cross Country. Photo credit: Volvo Car Group
Volvo V40 Cross Country. Photo credit: Volvo Car Group

Volvo Car Group’s new Drive-E powertrains are now available for the Volvo V40 and V40 Cross Country for the Europe-only vehicle.

Initially, the V40 can be equipped with two engines from the four-cylinder Drive-E engine family: the 245 hp gas turbo T5 and the turbo diesel D4 with 190 hp. According to Volvo, the carbon dioxide emissions of the 190-horsepower Volvo V40 D4 (with manual gearbox) are down to an 85 g/km, says Volvo.

“The Volvo V40 D4 offers a massive 80 hp more driving pleasure than other cars in the segment with CO2 emissions at that level,” says Michael Fleiss, vice president of powertrain at Volvo Car Group. “This is yet more proof that the Drive-E powertrains take efficient driving pleasure to a new dimension.”

To deliver the desired smooth and fuel-efficient drivability, the Drive-E engines are teamed either with Volvo Cars’ new eight-speed automatic gearbox or an enhanced six-speed manual, says Volvo.

The D4 turbo diesel comes with 190 hp and 295 lbs.-ft. of torque. The engine features i-ART technology with pressure feedback from each fuel injector instead of using a traditional single pressure sensor in the common rail, says Volvo. Each injector has an intelligent chip on top of it that monitors injection pressure.

“The combination of injection pressure at 2,500 bar and i-ART technology gives the customer an engine with high performance, improved fuel economy and considerably lower emissions,” says Fleiss.

The first two-liter, four-cylinder Drive-E engines (called Volvo Engine Architecture [VEA] during the development phase) were launched in fall 2013. From May 2014, all new Volvo 2015 models, except the XC90, will be available with engines from the new powertrain family, according to Volvo.

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