Volvo V40 with Drive-E Engine

The just-introduced Drive-E family of engines from Volvo has found a classy new home. The upcoming Volvo V40 D4 will come with the new powerplants that the Swedish automaker says will be the, "most powerful, lowest emission engine in its segment." How low? When fitted with a manual trasmission, it'll be just 85 grams of CO2 per kilometer, the equivalent of 3.3 liters per 100 km, or 71 miles per gallon with the 190-horsepower turbo diesel engine. Sure, that's using the lenient European efficiency test, but it's still an impressive accomplishment. To compare, the Toyota Auris Hybrid manages to spit out just 84 g/CO2 per km and the Prius puts out 89 grams in Europe.

Of course, the CO2 output increases if you opt for the more powerful 245-hp petrol turbo T5. Beyond the choice of engines, the new V40 will also come with either an eight-speed automatic gearbox or a six-speed manual transmission. According to Volvo's preliminary, if you opt for the V40 T5 with the 8-speed automatic, you'll be sending 136 grams of CO2 out the tailpipe every kilometer, or the equivalent of 40.5 mpg on the European cycle.
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Volvo V40 D4 with new Drive-E powertrains:
The most powerful, lowest emission engine in its segment


Volvo Car Group's new Drive-E powertrains – offering a world-class blend of drivability and low CO2 emissions – are now also available for the Volvo V40 and V40 Cross Country. The CO2 emissions of the 190 hp Volvo V40 D4 with manual gearbox are down to an outstanding 85 g/km – an offer no competitor is even close to matching.

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

Initially, the V40 can be equipped with two engines from the four-cylinder Drive-E engine family: the 245 hp petrol turbo T5 and the turbo diesel D4 with 190 hp. An 8-speed automatic gearbox contributes to the refined drive.
Volvo V40 Cross Country

Outstanding mix

"Their outstanding take-off and responsiveness, combined with a smooth engine sound, will make the nimble V40 cars even more fun to drive, without compromising on modern customers' demand for superb fuel economy and minimised CO2-emissions," adds Michael Fleiss.

To deliver the desired responsive, 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 tuned for improved fuel economy. Versions with the automatic gearbox have paddles on the steering wheel for manual gear shifting.

Diesel with ground-breaking i-Art technology

The D4 turbo diesel comes with 190 hp and 400 Nm of torque. The engine features world-first i-ART technology with pressure feedback from each fuel injector instead of using a traditional single pressure sensor in the common rail.

Each injector has an intelligent chip on top of it that monitors injection pressure. Using this information, the self-adapting i-ART system makes sure that the ideal amount of fuel is injected during each combustion cycle.

"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 Michael Fleiss.

The diesel also features refinements such as a state-of-the-art twin-turbo, reduced friction and a smart valve solution on the cooling system for a more rapid heat-up phase after a cold start.
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V40 D4 with fuel consumption at 3.3 l/100 km

Fuel consumption in a Volvo V40 D4 with a manual gearbox is down to 3.3 l/100 km (EU Combined), which corresponds to CO2 emissions at 85 g/km. The figure for the V40 Cross Country is 4.0 l/100 km (104 g/km) with the manual gearbox.

The four-cylinder petrol turbo T5 has 245 hp and 350 Nm of torque. Fuel consumption in a Volvo V40 with the 8-speed automatic is 5.8 l/100 km (136 g/km). All figures are preliminary.

Introduced in 2013

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