AWD V40 CROSS COUNTRY: Volvo's V40 Cross Country will benefit from a new T5 petrol, borrowed from the V40 variant. Image: Volvo
• New petrol turbo Drive-E T5
• Reduced emissions
• To arrive in SA in 2015
Volvo’s four-cylinder petrol turbo Drive-E T5 unit, launched earlier in 2014 in its V40, will make its way into the all-wheel-drive V40 Cross Country. The new T5-equipped V4 Cross Country will be launched in South Africa early in 2015.
Volvo’s senior vice-president for research and development, Peter Mertens, said: “Volvo Cars is continuing to evolve the V40 Cross Country with this powertrain upgrade.
"The combination of the Drive-E T5 engine with AWD will give adventurous customers the power to explore and all the control they need to be confident in all road conditions.”
The new unit has an output of 180kW/350Nm mated to a eight-speed auto (replaces the six-speed manual). The new turbo engine enables it to reach 100km/h in 6.1sec and 210km/h.
Compared to the V40 Cross Country’s previous T5, the new unit reduces emissions to 149g/km.
Volvo compares its new T5-equipped V40 to its competitors:
Audi Q3 TFSI Quattro - 179g/km
BMW X1 xDrive20i xLine auto - 170g/km
Mercedes-Benz B-class 220 Sport 4MATIC DCT - 156g/km
The T5-equipped V4 Cross Country sports grey 19” alloy diamond-cut rims and updated infotainment and satnav.