Volvo releases info on V40 Drive-E powertrains and why it matters

Volvo has released new emissions figures and powertrain details for the V40 D4 offered in Europe: 85 grams per kilometer. To those Americans uninitiated in emissions, this seems like an unimportant value that only the crunchiest of granola slaves might pay attention to. Over in the United Kingdom, this is a big deal; in order to get emissions levels less than this, one is mostly stuck with plug-in Priuses or microcars whose displacement is measured in fractions of whole numbers. Does it still seem irrelevant? Over in the UK, there is an additional tax for licensure of cars based on their carbon footprint. If you’re below 100, the cost is 0, but if you’re over 255 grams/kilometer, it’s over $1700 for the first year, and about $700 for each following year.

How many cars on the road kick out 255? More than one may imagine: the Cadillac CTS  with the 3.6 V6 gets close with 247 g/km and offers up more horsepower admittedly than the oil-burning Volvo does at 306 bhp, (compared to 190), but its 275 ft-lbs of torque is less than the Volvo’s 295 ft-lbs. Admittedly, these two cars are not in direct competition, but from the standpoint of emissions and out of pocket expenses, this is a pretty significant figure.

So, what else about this car is interesting? It can be had in all wheel drive, there is a modicum of ground clearance, it’s small diesel wagon, and it comes with a stick. Will we get it over here in the US? No, though cars like the V60 Polestar give us some hope that Volvo might experiment further with wagons in the US market. For more info, check out the press release.

-By: Sawyer Sutton

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 COemissions 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 COemissions 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.

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.

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.