Volvo to axe diesel engine from XC40 lineup

Volvo is phasing out all of its diesel-powered XC40 models from sale as the brand moves away from the fuel in favour of plug-in hybrid and electric versions.

The XC40 is now available in B3, B4 and B5 petrol, T5 plug-in Hybrid and P8 fully-electric. Volvo has also introduced a new T6 plug-in hybrid variant.

Models such as the S90 and V90 are now only offered in T8 plug-in hybrid and the new T6 plug-in hybrid, respectively.

The new T6 uses the same 2.0-litre petrol engine, electric motor and 11.6kWh battery, but has a lower power output of 340PS when compared to the T8’s 390PS.

The T8 powertrain in the XC60 has also been replaced by the same T6 version. The Volvo S60 is still offered with the T8, but the V60 is now offered with the T6 instead.

Other Volvo diesel models remain on sale but recently had their ‘D’ badge replaced by a ‘B’ to denote their new mild-hybrid functionality.

All Volvo’s petrol engines are also now fitted with mild-hybrid technology.

Volvo says it aims to establish itself as a leader in electrification and by 2025, it wants half of its global sales volume to consist of fully electric cars, with the rest hybrids.

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