|The V50 wagon gets a top-end diesel option with combined cycle fuel economy of 33.6 mpg US.|
Volvo has rolled out the new high-end diesel engine option, the 177 hp (132 kW) Volvo D5, for the Volvo S40 saloon and V50 Sportswagon in Europe. The company introduced the application in the models in December 2005 at the Bologna Motor Show. (Earlier post.)
The five-cylinder, 2.4-liter turbodiesel is a version of the Volvo D5 engine available with the Volvo S60, V70, XC70 and XC90. In the Volvo S40 saloon and V50 Sportswagon it delivers 177 hp with high levels of torque (350Nm) from 1,750 rpm and a top speed of 140 mph with 0-60 mph possible in 7.9 seconds.
It will initially be available with Geartronic transmission as standard, which is the first time Volvo has offered the combination of diesel power and automatic transmission for the S40 and V50 models. A six-speed manual transmission is due to be available in mid-2007.
Official fuel consumption figures show 24.2 mpg US city, 42.8 mpg US highway and 33.6 mpg US with carbon dioxide emissions of 184 g/km for both models.
The D5 joins the 1.6D (108 hp/80 kW, 129 gCO2/km) and 2.0D (134 hp/100 kW, 154 gCO2/km) four-cylinder diesels currently available in the Volvo S40 saloon range and the 2.0D in the V50 Sportswagon range. The compact D5 engine will also be fitted to the new Volvo C70 during 2006.