From Volvo press: The Volvo V50 is one of the favourites among customers. Volvo Cars has its sights firmly set on customers with high demands on sportiness and premium feel for this model. A number of distinctive design cues during the last years has meant that the V50 has moved a visual step closer to the Volvo V70.
The engines in the Volvo V50 are transversely installed in-line units. Together with large displacement, the five-cylinder configuration provides high torque across a broad rev band, and thus also swift acceleration and excellent driveability within a wide speed range. Four-cylinder engines are also available.
The Volvo V50 T5 is the top model, featuring a turbocharger and five-speed automatic transmission. It produces 230 hp and 320 Nm of torque.
There are also other petrol engine versions available, plus a 2.0-litre bio-ethanol Flexifuel variant on certain markets from late 2010.
The new five-cylinder 2-litre turbodiesel introduced in the all-new Volvo S60 is now available throughout Volvo Cars' model range. The new five-cylinder D3 is in principle the same engine as the well-established 2.4-litre diesel, but its displacement has been reduced with a shorter stroke to optimise fuel consumption.
The engine has been optimized for low fuel consumption and the injection system has a different type of piezoelectric fuel injector compared with the D5 engine. These injectors minimise consumption with exceptionally rapid and precise injection pulses under high pressure. This promotes extremely efficient combustion. In the Volvo V50 the new 2-litre turbodiesel is available in two variants: D4 with 177 hp and 400 Nm of torque, or the D3 with 150 hp and 350 Nm of torque. This engine will be introduced in late 2010.
Both the new D3 and D4 meet the Euro 5 emission standards. All the variants of the new two-litre turbodiesel can be specified with a six-speed automatic transmission or six-speed manual gearbox.