Volvo is planning to equip its 60-series cars such as the S60 sedan, V60 wagon and the XC60 crossover, with fuel-efficient 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engines capable to deliver around 180 hp. Volvo already replaced its inline-six and inline-five engines with the new four-cylinder Drive-E engines and now, the next step is the three-cylinder powerplants.
What’s more interesting is that the 1.5-liter three-cylinder gas engines will produce 180 hp without hybrid technology. Still, the engine is a couple years away and it is currently being developed with Volvo’s new CMA architecture in mind and will meet Euro 7 emission targets.
“The beauty of the new 3-cylinder engine we are developing is that it can be built on the same production lines as our 4-cylinder engine, offering flexible production potential which can be adapted to suit business needs as we grow. This marks an important step forward for Volvo Cars. In terms of our power and efficiency, Volvo’s engineering excellence will shine through with the Drive-E 3-cylinder engine,” said Dr. Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research & Development at Volvo Car Group. [source: Volvo]