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Volvo XC40 gets a new petrol engine

Volvo is quite vocal about its intention to produce vehicles which are polar bear friendly. And we got to know about the plan when the Swedish carmaker announced that from 2025, around 25 per cent of plastic that will be used to make its cars will be made from recycled material. The car manufacturer had also announced its plan to ditch diesel engines and the S60 was the first one to come with an all-petrol line-up. And now, Volvo has given the XC40 a new petrol engine.

The 1.5-litre, three-pot engine produces 156bhp and 265Nm of torque. The power goes to all four wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox (an eight-speed auto ‘box is also available) and the compact-SUV is capable of doing the standard 0-100kph sprint in 9.4s. Volvo claims that the new T3 engine will deliver 21kpl.

Volvo launched the XC40 in India earlier this year, and it is only available with the diesel motor for the time being. At the press drives earlier this year, Volvo said that there were no plans at the time to bring the petrols to India, however, they could do so in a short span of time if they see a demand for it. Volvo had launched the XC40 in India only in the R-Design trim, but later the Swedish carmaker brought two more trims – Momentum and Inscription. Now, the standard features across the XC40 range are: adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation system, lane keeping aid, rear parking sensors, park assist, hill start assist, hill descent control, LED headlights with active high beam and two-zone climate control.

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