Volvo has been wanting to remove diesel from its catalog for some time now, since the Swedish brand has already withdrawn this proposal from the current range. S60. A decision motivated by a desire to offer more virtuous vehicles, while the firm is now working on the electrification of its range. The goal ? Offer at least one version electric or hybrid of each of its models in the coming years. An ambition common to many manufacturers which seems to work well for Volvo, which already offers many connected alternatives, allowing diesel to be replaced. This is exactly what is happening with the small XC40, which is about to say goodbye to its offer of diesel engines, then replaced by plug-in hybrid versions.
You just have to go to the Scandinavian brand's website to find out. When you configure a Volvo XC40 with 150 or 190 horsepower diesel engines, a message specifies that these two versions are available "while stocks last", as specified by our colleagues at Motor1. These versions will therefore be replaced by versions plug-in hybrids, already marketed and developing 211 and 262 horsepower. A little later, a 100% electric version will also come to enrich the catalog, with 408 horsepower, from two engines positioned at the front and at the rear. If this version has already been unveiled, giving in particular some details on its performance with a 0 to 100 km / h dispatched in 4.9 seconds, we will have to wait a little longer before seeing it on our roads.
Diesel, an endangered species
But Volvo isn’t the only automaker to skip diesel, with many having moved on in recent years. While city cars are logically the most affected, like the Audi A1 or the DS 3 Crossback, no body type is immune to this trend. We think in particular of the Porsche Cayenne and Panamera, as well as the Toyota RAV4, all of these models having in common the desire to replace diesel with hybrid. Other brands should get started very quickly, including those of the PSA Group, the group having announced that the 1.5 BlueHDi will be the last diesel it will offer. As a reminder, it is still available on several models such as the Peugeot 508 and 5008, as well as the Citroën C4 Spacetourer, among others. The FCA group, in the process of merging with PSA had already stated a few years ago that it also wanted to remove diesel from the catalogs of its brands.
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