New entry-level option on sale now in Britain, but not for Oz.
Volvo Car UK has added a new engine option for its 90 Series models in the form of the 186kW 'T5' petrol engine.
Serving as a new entry point to the petrol-powered large car line-up, the T5 engine is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo unit with 350Nm of torque, mated as standard to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
With the new power unit, the S90 sprints from 0-100 in a claimed 6.8 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 140mph (225km/h). The V90 wagon, meanwhile, takes 7.0 seconds to complete the 0-100 dash, and the jacked-up Cross Country version claims 7.4 seconds.
Finally, the XC90 SUV claims to hit triple figures in 7.9 seconds with the T5 petrol engine, which is also available across all model grades of the seven-seat crossover.
"This cutting-edge engine brings increased choice for our customers, and offers strong performance with excellent efficiency and refinement. We're sure it'll be a hit with retail and business users alike," said Jon Wakefield, managing director for Volvo Car UK.
Pricing for T5 grades in the UK starts at £41,120 ($71,708) for the S90 R-Design, £43,120 ($75,196) for the V90 R-Design, £44,685 ($77,925) for the V90 Cross Country, and £50,435 ($87,952) for the XC90 Momentum.
Speaking with CarAdvice, Volvo's local division said there "are no immediate plans" to offer the T5 engine in local 90 Series models – though the S90 is already available in Australia with the T5 powertrain.
Australia isn't affected by the strict emissions rules and tax schemes that govern European markets which, we'd suggest, lessens the need for a low-emissions, low-power entry level engine in models like the V90 Cross Country and XC90.