|2015 Volvo S60 will get a new four-cylinder engine lineup. (Photo: Volvo)|
Volvo is betting that luxury-car customers will embrace small engines in a market segment traditionally dominated by a bigger-is-better mentality when it comes to displacement. The Drive-E powertrain family consists exclusively of four-cylinder engines based on a single basic architecture, with a range of gasoline-powered derivatives producing anywhere from 140 to 300-plus horsepower, and a range of diesels producing from 120 to 230 horsepower. All of the various derivatives are turbocharged, and the more powerful of the gasoline models also feature a supercharger to deliver instantaneous low-end thrust.
The engines will be mated to either an all-new eight-speed automatic, or (in Europe at least) a six-speed manual specifically developed for fuel economy.
With 306 hp and CO2 emissions at 149 g/km (which translates to fuel consumption of 6.4 L/100 km) the Volvo S60 T6 will be the first car in the segment
|New efficient four-cylinder engine lineup will get turbochargers and some with an additional supercharger. (Photo: Volvo)|
The slightly less powerful Volvo S60 T5 produces 245 hp with CO2 emissions at 137 g/km when hooked up to the eight-speed automatic, which translates into fuel consumption of 5.9 L/100 km.
“We have created a range of smaller, more intelligent engines with power curves that give exciting driveability compared with engines with more cylinders. At the same time we continue to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions,” said Derek Crabb, vice president of powertrain engineering at Volvo Car Group.
The Drive-E diesel engines feature a unique pressure feedback system for the injectors, with an intelligent chip monitoring pressure on each individual fuel injector, instead of using a traditional single pressure sensor in the common rail. This allows the engine to deliver the precise amount of fuel required by each cylinder, contributing to greater efficiency: The Volvo S60 D4 with 181 horsepower and manual gearbox has class-leading CO2 emissions at 99 g/km, which translates into fuel consumption of 3.8 L/100 km.
|Is the North American market ready for four-cylinder luxury cars? (Photo: Volvo)|
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