Volvo will be offering the new Drive-E powertrain option with its line-up starting from the upcoming Volvo V40 to be launched later this year in the UK.
The V40 and its Cross Country sibling will be available with the Drive-E which, Volvo claims, gives outstanding fuel efficiency and carbon emission figures.
Both diesel (D4) and petrol (T5) are available to order, however the production of the former will start in September after the launch of V40. Prices have not yet been announced.
The 190PS Volvo V40 D4 registers an outstanding fuel efficiency of 26.3kmpl and CO2 emission figure of 99 g/km with the manual gearbox and 23.8kmpl and 109 g/km respectively with the new 8-speed Geartronic automatic gearbox (optional).
In the new V40 Cross Country D4, Volvo claims a fuel-efficiency/CO2 figure of 25kmpl/104 g/km with the manual gearbox and 23.26kmpl and 112 g/km with the 8-speed automatic gearbox (optional).
Then there is a significantly more powerful T5 engine, a 245PS FWD (front-wheel-drive) petrol from the new Drive-E family. This has the eight-speed Geartronic automatic transmission as standard.
This means that while the fuel-efficiency and CO2 emissions figures are not as impressive as on the D5, they are pretty good nonetheless. The figures now stand at 17kmpl and 137g/km respectively.
Apart from the new engine, the new V40 models will be equipped with an updated infotainment and navigation system called Sensus Connect which we have previously seen in the S60 and V60 models. For more detail, read the press release below.
VOLVO CARS INTRODUCES ITS NEW Drive-E POWERTRAIN TO THE V40 AS PART OF ITS MODEL YEAR 2015 LINE-UP
|From May 2014, all new Volvo models will have the option to be built with engines from the new Drive-E powertrain family – offering a world-class blend of drivability and low CO2 emissions. The CO2 emissions of the 190 hp Volvo V40 D4 with manual gearbox are down to an outstanding 99 g/km (74.3 mpg) – a no compromise of power and efficiency that no competitor can match. Also available in the V40 Cross Country, CO2 emissions are just 104 g/km (70.6 mpg).
“The outstanding take-off and responsiveness of the Drive-E engines, combined with a smooth engine sound, will make the cars even more fun to drive, without compromising on modern customers’ demand for superb fuel economy and minimised CO2-emissions,” says Michael Fleiss, Vice President Powertrain at Volvo Car Group.
The new D4 will also be available to order with Volvo’s new 8-speed Geartronic automatic gearbox, a combination of great drivability and efficiency means the V40 emissions are just 109 g/km (67.3 mpg) while the V40 Cross Country produces just 112 g/km (65.7 mpg) of CO2.
Also joining the new D4 in the V40 is the 245hp T5 FWD (front-wheel-drive) from the new Drive-E engine family. Fitted as standard with the new 8-speed automatic gearbox, CO2 emissions have decreased to just 137 g/km (representing a £350 saving on vehicle tax from the previous T5), giving fuel consumption in the combined cycle of 47.9 mpg.
The D4 and T5 are available to order now, however production start of the D4 will be September.
Improved Infotainment with more cloud based possibilities
All new Volvo models can now be equipped with the updated on-board infotainment and navigation experience Sensus Connect, offering customers a fully connected car. First seen in the S60, V60 and XC60, the cloud-based services allow the driver to find and pay for parking, discover new restaurants at the destination, stream favourite music seamlessly and much more. The HERE Location Platform provides connected navigation with 3D maps.
The brand new Connected Service Booking app tells the driver when it’s time to have their car serviced – and suggests an appointment at the Volvo dealership.
Available through Sensus Connect:
100,000 global radio stations through TuneIn
Radio – streaming music service
Stitcher – on-demand radio shows and podcasts
Regional audiobook solutions
Upgraded navigation system with 3D graphics and lifetime map upgrades
Park&Pay by Parkopedia – find available parking and pay for it from your car
Yelp – find local services, e.g. restaurants, with reviews
Glympse – dynamic, temporary location sharing
HERE by Nokia – cloud connected services to provide seamless and connected navigation to drivers
Send to Car – find your destination on your phone and send it to your car’s navigation system
Wikipedia – enriched local points-of-interest information
Refreshed HMI with graphically themed centre and driver displays
Voice control and text-to-speech
Integrated roof-top antenna and embedded 3G modem
WiFi hotspot in the car (Volvo On Call required)
Smartphone tethering (WiFi and Bluetooth)
Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free calling
Smartphone app – connecting your phone to your car
Connected service booking – car knows when service is due and will pre-book itself for a convenient service appointment at Volvo dealership
Customers selecting the top-of-the-line audio system, Premium Sound, now benefit from an improved speaker system. Developed with Harman Kardon and featuring the next-generation sound enhancement software Dirac Live, with up to 12 loudspeakers. Dirac Live corrects the timing, duration and level of each tone to offer an unrivalled sound experience.
Interior enhancements across the range
A number of new options are now available to customers, giving greater opportunity to personalise and enhance their vehicle to their own tastes.
The V40 and V40 Cross Country are available to order with two brand new colours, Osmium Grey and Power Blue. To complement the existing alloy wheel offering, a new 17” Spider and 18” Tamesis alloy wheel for the V40 and 19” Damara alloy wheel for the V40 Cross Country are now available.
The interior of the S60, V60 and XC60 can be enriched with a new piano black wood interior trim while the XC60 can be specified with a new exterior colour of Power Blue.
Sensus Connect with High Performance and Sensus Navigation is now fitted as standard across the entire specification range in the V70, XC70 and S80. This complements an already high standard specification level to offer customers a luxurious and soothing experience.
Volvo’s Inscription range gives customers the opportunity for individuality while benefitting from enhanced features. It includes Inscription Soft Leather upholstery, beautiful leather covered instrument panel, premium deco inlays, soft leather on extended surfaces such as the back of seats, centre armrest and head rest, which also features an embroidered Inscription logo. Available from this model year is a new Inscription Dark Walnut interior trim, available on the V70, S80 and XC70.
The additional exterior Inscription options include three colour alternatives – Crystal White Pearl, Electric Silver and Ember Black as well as 19-inch and 20-inch ten-spoke wheels.