Malaysia-bound Volvo XC40 PHEV confirmed to use same powertrain as Proton X50

Hans · Dec 15, 2020 09:11 PM

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Volvo XC40 Recharge T5 at the 2020 Thailand International Motor Expo

The Volvo XC40 Recharge T5 plug-in hybrid has already gone on sale in Thailand, imported from Malaysia. Specifically, it’s imported from the Volvo Car Manufacturing’s plant in Shah Alam.

The Volvo XC40 is the only model in Volvo Car Malaysia’s line-up to not be offered as a plug-in hybrid, so it’s only a matter of time before the plug-in hybrid variant is launched in Malaysia.

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Currently, the XC40 is only offered in Malaysia in one T5 R-Design AWD variant, priced from RM 241,450 (SST-exempted, valid until 31-Dec 2020).

It’s powered by a 2.0-litre B4204T14 turbocharged direct injection engine that makes 252 hp and 350 Nm, paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission driving all four wheels.

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In fact, for 2021 model year, the non-plug-in hybrid T5 has already been discontinued in many countries, to be replaced by the plug-in hybrid Recharge T5.

‘Recharge’ is Volvo’s new overarching sub-brand for all its battery electric and plug-in hybrid (previously sold as Twin Engine) models.

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At a virtual interview session with CEVT’s Director of Powertrain Strategy Dr. Håkan Sandquist hosted by Geely, Dr. Sandquist confirmed that the XC40 Recharge T5 shares the same 3G15T 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged direct injection engine and 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission as the Proton X50 Flagship.

The 3G15T engine goes by a different B3154T5 code in Volvo’s world, but they are the same.

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CEVT is short for China Euro Vehicle Technology AB. It’s Gothenburg-based (basically Volvo town) powertrain specialist that’s jointly owned by Geely and Volvo Cars.

The BMA platform and the Volvo Engine Architecture (VEA) used by the Proton X50 (and of course its donor car the Geely Binyue) were developed by Dr. Sandquist’s team at CEVT.

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So although there are differences in parts sourcing, supplier network, and manufacturing origin between Volvo and Proton engines, the 1.5-litre three-cylinder engines (there are several variations) that go into Geely, Lynk & Co, and Proton cars can be collectively referred to as ‘same.’

Dr. Sandquist explained that the engines, like for like variants, regardless of the brand of vehicle it goes into, are developed according to the same Volvo-standard.

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So what about the earlier video published by Geely Philippines saying only 10 percent of the Geely Coolray’s (as the Proton X50/Geely Binyue is known as there) engine is developed according to Volvo’s standards (but shares 90 percent of Volvo’s suppliers)?

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Well, the video has since been taken down and we understand that there was a slip up in communications. It happens in big, fast growing companies but the man who designed the engine has since clear up any doubts.

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Curiously, Volvo Car Malaysia follows a longer 20,000 km/1-year service interval for all its engines, including the XC40 Recharge T5, while the Proton X50 with the same engine needs to follow a shorter 10,000 km/6-month/ interval.

Hans

Head of Content

Over 15 years of experience in automotive, from product planning, to market research, to print and digital media. Garages a 6-cylinder manual RWD but buses to work.

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