Volvo XC40 T3 launches in the UK, here in late-2019

The first three-cylinder engine from Volvo debuts in small crossover.

The Volvo XC40 T3 is now on sale in the UK and Europe, marking the first time the Swedish brand has offered a three-cylinder engine in its line-up.

Serving as a new entry point into the XC40 range, the T3 is powered by a 1.5-litre turbo three-pot petrol making 116kW of power (@5000rpm) and 265Nm of torque (@1850-3850rpm).

Drive is sent to the front wheels exclusively via a six-speed manual transmission for the time being, though Volvo has confirmed an eight-speed automatic will be “introduced at a later date”.

The company claims the T3-equipped XC40 can complete the 0-100 sprint in 9.4 seconds, and tow up to 1.6 tonnes with a braked trailer.

Volvo’s UK and European divisions also released the T4 and D3 powertrains for the XC40 this week, both equipped with 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engines.

The T4 gets a 140kW petrol engine and all-wheel drive mated as standard to an eight-speed automatic, while the D3 features a 112kW diesel offering the choice of front- and all-wheel drive, along with manual and automatic transmissions.