A 2.5-litre (2.5T) petrol engine is being introduced to the Volvo XC90 range for customers who prefer more performance than the 163bhp D5 turbodiesel, but don’t need the 272bhp of the range-topping, 2.9-litre petrol T6.

The 2.5T engine is already available in some European countries, and the USA, where it has proved popular and represents nearly 40 per cent of total XC90 sales.

The five cylinder, light pressure turbo, 2521cc engine (already available in Volvo’s S60, V70, S80 and XC70 ranges) produces 210bhp combined with 236lb/ft of torque available from 1,500rpm, enough to make 0-62mph possible in 9.5 seconds.

The XC90 2.5T is available to order now priced at £31,230 for the S model and £33,580 for the SE, with first deliveries expected soon after production starts in January 2005.

The XC90 was the UK’s best selling large SUV in October with a total of 5,493 sold year to date – up over 83 per cent compared to this time last year – while production increases have reduced waiting times to between four and six months.