Volvo XC40 T5 Twin Engine – PHEV version debuts

Volvo has chosen this year’s Beijing Motor Show to unveil the new XC40 T5 Twin Engine, the plug-in hybrid version of the compact SUV. With the new variant, every SUV in the Swedish automaker’s line-up is now available as a PHEV.

For now, the company hasn’t revealed exact specifications of the T5 Twin Engine powertrain, but it should be similar to what was shown to us back in October 2015. The base engine used is a 1.5 litre turbocharged three-cylinder Drive-E unit that makes 180 hp, which is supplemented by a 55 kW electric motor and a seven-speed wet dual-clutch automatic transmission.

We were told at the time that the total system output was rated at 250 PS and 400 Nm of torque. This setup is almost identical to the one used in the new Geely Bo Rui GE, which is also celebrating its premiere in Beijing.

There’s not much different in terms of the XC40 PHEV’s design, with the addition of a charging port on the left side being the only notable revision along with the dedicated badges. It’s much the same story on the inside, with the Sensus system now gaining additional drive modes. The example you see in these photos is wearing the R-Design trim.

The XC40 was recently crowned 2018 European Car of the Year, and has already gone on sale in a number of markets. However, order books for the compact SUV have yet to be opened in China, or in Malaysia for that matter.

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