Volvo has been actively working on new, fuel efficient powertrains for quite some time now. The result of the hard work is the new Drive-E powertrain family that comprises of a range of four-cylinder units capable of not only performing well but also consuming less fuel.
As per the latest announcement made by Volvo, the new Volvo V40 will be available with new Drive-E powertrain family this May onwards. The manual version of Volvo V40 D4 powered by the Drive-E powertrain returns just 99 g/km of CO2 emissions and offers 74.3 miles to a gallon. The V40 Cross Country model will also return improved CO2 emissions of just 104 g/km which coverts to 70.6 miles to a gallon.
Apart from the standard manual unit, the D4 powertrain will also be available with the new 8-speed Geartronic automatic transmission. The automatic version of the V40 also returns an appreciable 109 g/km while the automatic V40 Cross Country emits 112 g/km of CO2.
Alongside the D4, Volvo will also put on offer the T5 FWD engine that produces a decent 245 hp. The same is also a part of the new Drive-E engine family and will come with the new 8-speed automatic unit as standard. This very combination produces only 137 g/km of CO2 that translates to a fuel consumption figure of 47.9 mpg. Compared to the previous T5 model, the new one will offer vehicle tax savings of nearly £350.
Volvo has started taking orders for the D4 and T5 models, with the T5 available right away and the D4 after September 2014. Starting this May, Volvo also plans to bring the Drive-E powertrain family on all the 2015 Model Year cars.
The entire 2015 model range will also arrive with an updated version of Sensus Connect, a cloud based service that makes journeys even more convenient by finding restaurants, pay for parking and streaming music.