AS British drivers continue to move away from diesel power, Volvo is making a further petrol engine available for its S90 saloon, V90 estate, V90 Cross Country and XC90 SUV models.
But the company is not binning its current range of oil burners and a spokesman says that although no new diesels are being developed, its existing D4 and D5 power units will continue to be updated and will remain available in the short and medium term.
The fitment of the T5, 250hp, turbocharged, two-litre, four cylinder petrol engine in Volvo's large car range will mean added choice for buyers in the UK. It provides, says the Swedish company, "further evidence of Volvo's continued focus on petrol engine technology".
The T5 is a member of the newest Volvo-designed-and-built Drive-E engines, and is tuned to deliver 250hp and an impressive 350Nm of torque. It's paired as standard with an eight-speed auto transmission and will be available for both front and all-wheel-drive models.
The compact and lightweight power unit makes extensive use of aluminium and aluminium alloys and comes with a raft of sophisticated engine technologies, including a variable valve system, advanced combustion control and measures to reduce power losses through internal friction. The single-scroll turbocharger uses exhaust gases to force more air through the induction system, increasing the engine's responsiveness to driver inputs.
In the S90 saloon, the new T5 is available in all model grades apart from the entry-level Momentum and the Momentum Pro, and joins the existing T4 petrol, D4 and D5 PowerPulse diesels and the T8 Twin Engine petrol-electric plug-in hybrid.
Despite being the most powerful non-hybrid unit in the range, it achieves combined cycle fuel economy from 42.8mpg and CO2 emissions from 154g/km. Top speed is 140mph with a 0-62mph time of 6.8 seconds. Prices start at £41,120 for the R-Design version.
The V90 mirrors its sister saloon in terms of the availability of the T5 within the range, with the addition of the Cross Country all-road estate models. The benchmark efficiency figures are from 41.5mpg and 157g/km in the standard V90 and from 38.2mpg and 172g/km with all-wheel drive in the Cross Country.
Performance is equally impressive, with the 0-62mph sprint taking seven seconds in the V90 and 7.4 seconds in the V90 Cross Country. Prices start from £43,120 for the V90 R-Design and £44,685 for the V90 Cross Country.
All grades of the XC90 SUV can be specified with the T5 engine in all-wheel drive starting with the Momentum, which is priced at £50,435 rising to £59,235 for the flagship Inscription Pro. The XC90 T5 AWD achieves official combined cycle figures from 35.8mpg and 184g/km, while acceleration from rest to 62mph is dispatched in 7.9 seconds.