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by Matt Campbell

The 2016 Volvo XC90 luxury SUV has seen the addition of a new, downsized turbocharged engine – in the US, at least.

The new Volvo XC90 T5 model has been added to the Swedish brand’s US site, with the 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo model producing 185kW of power at 5500rpm and 350Nm of torque between 1500-4800rpm.

The XC90 T5 can be had in front- or all-wheel drive, with the front-drive model weighing in at about 1947 kilograms, and the AWD version tipping the scales at 2010kg.

Unlike the T6 petrol version, the T5 doesn’t have a supercharger to assist the car in getting off the line.

The T5 model could potentially give the brand a lower price of entry to its XC90 range, which currently kicks off from $89,950 plus on-road costs. In the US, the T5 starts from US$43,950, while the equivalent T6 – which only comes with AWD – is a US$49,800 proposition.

Volvo Australia has advised that the brand isn’t currently planning to add the T5 model to its ranks. Instead, it will persist with the T6 petrol model, the D5 diesel version and soon-to-arrive T8 plug-in hybrid.