|The D5 diesel|
Volvo introduced new versions of its S40 and V50 models using the new 2.4-liter D5 diesel engine at the Bologna Motor Show. The compact D5 engine will also be fitted to the new Volvo C70 during 2006.
The annual production target for the three models is 10,000 cars. For the Volvo S40 and V50 this means that the D5 will account for about 10 percent of the two models' total diesel sales in Europe.
The in-house-developed 180 hp (132 kW) five-cylinder aluminum-block turbodiesel generates 350 Nm of torque in this application, and is the high-end complement to the two four-cylinder alternatives offering 109 and 136 horsepower. The D5 accelerates from 0–100 km/h in 8.5 seconds, and delivers combined cycle fuel consumption of 7.0 liters/100 kilometers (33.6 mpg US). Top speed is 225 km/h (140 mph).
Volvo first introduced the D5 in 2002 for the XC70. Since then, the company has increased the power while decreasing fuel consumption.
The Euro-4 compliant engine emits 184 g/km of CO2.
The Volvo S40 D5 and Volvo V50 D5 will initially only be available with a five-speed automatic transmission.
Volvo also is now producing flexfuel models of the S40 and V50 capable of burning ethanol blends of up to 85% (E85)—initially for the Swedish market. (Earlier post.)