Johannesburg - When Volvo’s chic new compact SUV hit South African streets back in April, it was missing an ‘entry level’ engine.
Yet as promised, Volvo has now supplemented the 2-litre four-cylinder turbo models that were available from launch - namely the 140kW D4 diesel and 185kW T5 petrol - with a new T3 petrol derivative.
The new 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo model brings the entry point of the compact SUV range down to R489 536, versus the R600 392 starting price for the aforementioned larger-engined versions.
Volvo’s first three-cylinder engine belongs to the company's easier-to-assemble modular engine family - it’s essentially the 2-litre four minus one cylinder. The direct injection motor produces 115kW and 265Nm, with Volvo claiming a 0-100km/h time of 9.4 seconds and a top speed of 200km/h.
A six-speed manual is the only gearbox option in the T3 for now, but Volvo has promised that an eight-speed automatic will come on stream some time next year.