Sometimes an idea just strikes you as odd and it takes you a while to warm to it. For instance, John F. Kennedy, ill-fated former president of the United States, didn’t try bread until he was 26. Just didn’t like the look of it.

Volvo, meanwhile, has refused until now to make a three-cylinder engine. But now, thanks to the XC40, that’s all about to change.

Volvo today announced that for the first time in its 91-year history, it’s making a three-cylinder engine, to be badged T3 and make its first appearance in the XC40.

"Our new three-cylinder engine is an exciting development for the XC40 and for Volvo Cars in general," said Alexander Petrofski, Senior Director for the 40 Series. "This compact engine design provides the flexibility we need as we introduce more powertrain options for XC40 customers."

Displacing 1.5-liters of gas, the T3 engine will be attached to either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed auto.

As you might expect, with the optional manual transmission, this drivetrain will be aimed at Europe. In almost-Europe (read: England) the XC40 T3 will start £27,905—just a bit less than the D3 diesel version and a few thousand pounds less than the T4.

The engine will be built on the same line as the four-cylinder engine and has been designed to pair with Volvo’s electric motors, so look forward to a 3-cylinder plug-in hybrid version in the near future.