The Drive-E powertrain was made available earlier this year for the Volvo V40 and will now get its chance on different types of terrain in the Volvo V40 Cross Country.

Volvo’s V40 Cross Country will deliver 242bhp and 350Nm of torque from its turbo-petrol engine, with the unit mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The auto gearbox can be specified with optional paddles on the steering wheel for manual gear shifting.

Customers in the UK can order the Volvo V40 Cross Country with the 242bhp Drive-E powertrain and AWD in January 2015.

Dr. Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research & Development at Volvo, commented: “Volvo Cars is continuing to evolve the V40 Cross Country with this powertrain upgrade.

“The combination of the Drive-E T5 engine with AWD will give adventurous customers the power to explore, and all the control they need to be confident in all road conditions."

Since being introduced last year, Volvo’s four-cylinder Drive-E engines have received widespread praise for their blend of power and efficiency.

Compared to the Volvo V40 Cross Country’s previous T5 engine, the new Drive-E powertrain reduces CO2 emissions to just 149g/km.

This CO2 emissions level is significantly lower than what is offered by rival models such as the Audi Q3 TFSI Quattro, BMW X1 xDrive20i xLine auto and Mercedes-Benz B-Class 220 Sport 4MATIC DCT.

Volvo’s powertrain upgrade for the V40 Cross Country is part of a series of enhancements to the model.

Other new additions to the vehicle include 19-inch alloy wheels with grey diamond-cut rims, a new ‘Power Blue’ exterior colour and Sensus Connect, the updated on-board infotainment and navigation system.