September 11, 2019 By C! Magazine Staff

Volvo adds PHEV variant on XC40 range

Volvo introduces T5 Twin Engine hybrid system to XC40

Volvo strengthens its industry-leading powertrain electrification program by introducing the new T5 Twin Engine hybrid system in the XC40, making the model as the sole plug-in hybrid car in the premium compact SUV segment to date.

The T5 Twin Engine is mated to Volvo’s efficient 1.5-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine that can produce 180 hp and an electric motor in the hybrid system that kicks 82 hp, enabling the XC40 to deliver a total of 262 hp, which is the most powerful powertrain in the XC40 range.

Powered by a compact, energy-dense lithium-ion battery that has a capacity of 10.7 kWh. With electric-only driving, the XC40 can go up to 46 kms. The new T5 Twin Engine joins two diesel and three petrol powertrains in the XC40 range, with an all-electric model joining the line-up next year.

The T5 Twin Engine is not only the first hybrid powertrain in the XC40, and it is also the first to be engineered for use in Volvo’s CMA (Compact Modular Architecture) platform. It is a front-wheel drive, in contrast to the established T8 Twin Engine (390hp) powertrain deployed in larger models built on the SPA (Scalable Product Architecture) platform, which has an all-wheel-drive capability. The hybrid powertrain is mated to a new seven-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission.

As a standard, the XC40 T5 Twin Engine models come with a recharging outlet on the nearside front wing. A 4.5m cable with a three-pin plug is provided, while a type 2/mode 3 fast-charge cable is available as an optional.

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