Volvo V40 Gets 254-Horsepower 5-Cylinder, Start-Stop System , Regenerative Braking
February 28th, 2012 3:03 PM Share
The styling of the Volvo V40 has taken a bit of a hit among the B&B, but here’s something that’s hard to argue with; a 254 horsepower turbocharged 5-cylinder engine as the range-topping engine. Yes, it’s front-wheel drive. It will also be available with a start-stop system and regenerative braking across the entire range. Hopefully a manual gearbox will appear on the T5 as well.
On the safety front, Volvo’s City Safety auto-braking system (which now works up to 50 km/h), Lane Keeping Assist with haptic steering (i.e., the car steers you back in line if you drift out of the lane) and a park assist system similar to the Focus. Volvo expects to sell 90,000 units per year, with 85 percent sold in Europe.
Published February 28th, 2012 3:03 PM
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So what if I should want to drift out of my lane slightly to avoid a pothole or some debris? Is the car going to fight me over it?
Why do you think this will be a 5-cylinder? Is this pure speculation on TTAC's side or was there something in Volvo's press release? All recent European-market T5s are equipped with a Ford Ecoboost 2.0 4-cylinder... it looks like the only 5-cylinder in the V40 will be a diesel.
The V40 will use the 2.0 liter 4 cylinder VEA engine with turbo. That post headline is a glaring error, because Volvo announced the VEA engines last September, and Jacoby blathered on about how 4 cylinder engines are all you need, and that Volvo was standardizing on a 500 cc cylinder. Volvo then promply announced a 1.6 liter version, making the pundits wonder why they had emphasized the 500 cc cylinder, when this one was only 400 cc. TTAC has had posts on this new Volvo engine, but obviously hasn't kept up with its own info. . Yes, well the T5 designation now just refers to a tuning level, not cylinder count.