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According to CarAdvice, Volvo has confirmed that the XC40 will be getting a three-cylinder petrol engine alongside the S60 and V60.

Developed as a variation of the manufacturer’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged and supercharged petrol drivetrains, the new range of three-cylinder engines has a 1.5-litre displacement, but it won’t come with a supercharger.

For those wondering why the turbocharged powerplants won’t come with a supercharger, there’s a good reason for that. Lutz Stiegler, Volvo's director of powertrain engineering, “the petrol engine only really needs that tech for instant torque in the higher-output four-cylinder drivetrains”, making it an unnecessary component in the three-cylinder drivetrain.

This shift towards engines with four cylinders or less will help the automaker reduce fleet emissions and offer fleet buyers more eco-focused options. As for which models the three-cylinder will be appearing in; “the 40 series will definitely get it. That car – the XC40 – is significantly smaller. That is the main reason to make the variant, to achieve very low CO2.”

No specific numbers have been released yet, but the power output could hover around 134kW with at least 200Nm of torque. Offered with the engine, at least in Europe, could be a six-speed manual transmission along with an eight-speed automatic.

Expected to go on sale by the end of this year or early 2018, Volvo should be revealing the XC40 specifications soon.
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