Volvo announces launch of Drive-E powertrain with high performance with T6 AWD configuration

Article by Christian A., on October 21, 2015

Volvo Cars has unveiled an array of product upgrades and updates, including its Drive-E powertrain program rollout. To start off, Volvo’s high-performance T6 petrol engine now features an all-wheel-drive configuration.

The T6 AWD will be available to Volvo’s 60 cluster cars, providing up to 306 hp of output and 400 Nm of torque. Additionally, the Euro6-compliant T6 AWD provides best-in-class efficiency. When specified in T6 AWD, the S60 emits just 161 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer while the V60 and the XC60 feature emission numbers at 163 g/km and 179 g/km carbon dioxide, respectively.

When specified in the XC90, T6 is mated to a refined 8-speed automatic transmission, developing 320 hp of output and 400 Nm. On the other hand, the T5 engine in the XC90 provides 254 hp of output and 350 Nm of torque.

Both the T6 and T5 in the XC90 will be offered in global markets. On the other hand, a highly efficient Euro6-compliant petrol engine on the S/V60 models (122 hp of output and 220 Nm of torque) will be filling up the new T2 post.

Volvo will also soon offer the 1.5l T3 front-wheel drive automatic variant on the S/V60 in Japan. Furthermore, the T8 Twin Engine will now be available in the seven-seat XC90 SUV, as Volvo continues to make true of its promise to add new Twin Engine variants to its lineup every year.

Volvo touts the T8 Twin Engine in the X90 as the cleanest and most powerful plug-in hybrid propulsion system in an SUV. Moreover, Volvo is now offering a front-wheel drive version of the mid-performance D4 engine -- developing up to 190 hp of output and 400Nm of torque -- for the S60 and XC60 in Euro3 diesel markets as well as for the V60, XC90, V40 and V40 Cross Country in select markets.

The front-wheel drive version of the mid-performance D4 engine is expected to complement the D5 (225 hp of output and 470 Nm of torque) that was included the diesel range just this year.

On the other hand, the updates that Volvo announced include the introduction of new exterior colors for the 60 Series as R-Design options, such as Onyx Black and Osmium Grey.

The XC70, meanwhile, could be soon specified in Magic Blue, Onyx Black or Rich Java. Volvo will also feature an updated upholstery matrix and new optional wheels.

The XC90, meanwhile, will be soon available with a new massage seat that features five pre-programmed functions, three levels of intensity and three speed levels. Likewise updated is Sensus, Volvo’s driver control interface. This interface comes with an updated Sensus Navigation, which will soon provide real-time traffic information as well as free lifetime map updates.

Soon enough, Volvo will introduce Apple CarPlay functionality in the XC90. Meanwhile, the updated Sensus Connect will soon come with new in-car apps like Yelp and Glympse. Yelp helps drivers find the nearest places of interest while Glympse allows one’s location to be shared real time.

The carmaker also added a new functionality on its Volvo On Call app, giving it the ability to perform functions like engine remote start and preconditioning (cooling/heating).

Volvo On Call app will also offer access to the I-Call a concierge information service. This service, however, will only be offered in China. Additionally, Volvo On Call will offer Smartwatch support for both Apple Watch and Android Wear.

Topics: volvo, awd

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