Volvo Drive-E Engines Headed for Chicago

2015 Volvo V60 Wagon

Volvo first announced its new Drive-E lineup of bonkers, there-is-definitely-horse-in-these-meatballs engines fitted with both turbochargers AND superchargers late last summer. According to Volvo, the company had spent nearly $11 billion in developing its new engine programs, which the company hoped would make larger engined cars from competitors’ models feel like “dinosaurs”.

Dinosaurs or not, Volvo’s new Drive-E engines made their debut at last month’s Detroit Auto Show, and will be on display again in production versions of the company’s new-to-the-US V60 wagon (shown, above) at the Chicago Auto Show next week. That V60, it’s worth noting, is the first new Volvo wagon to be sold in the US for several years (Volvo considers the XC70 an SUV), so there should be lots of gear head excitement at Volvo’s CAS display.

You can find out more about Volvo’s new three and four-cylinder Drive-E engines in Volvo’s official press release, below. Enjoy!


New Volvo Drive-E Powertrain Family Produces World-leading Engine Output: more than 2 horses per gram of CO2 emissions

Volvo Car Group’s new two-liter, four-cylinder Drive-E powertrain family offer an exceptional blend of world-class drivability and low CO2 emissions. The Volvo S60 T6 with 302 horsepower and the new 8-speed automatic is the first car in this segment that delivers over two horsepower per gram of CO2 solely from a combustion engine.

“During the development phase of our Drive-E powertrains, we promised to bring efficient driving pleasure into a new dimension. The official European NEDC [New European Driving Cycle] certification now confirms that we outperform competitors when it comes to power versus CO2 emissions,” says Derek Crabb, vice president powertrain engineering at Volvo Car Group. With 302 horsepower and CO2 emissions at 149 g/km the Volvo S60 T6 becomes the first car in the segment that offers the driver more than two horsepower per gram of CO2.

Drive-E powertrains are developed in-house at Volvo’s R&D department in Sweden. Drive-E also is Volvo’s name for all innovations made to reduce the impact on the environment. The moniker encompasses everything from a sustainable, efficient and clean manufacturing process, along with the use of recyclable materials, to efficient and low-emission powertrains — without compromising performance.


Petrol engine with compressor and turbo

The new two-liter, four-cylinder T6 engine features both a supercharger and a turbo charger. Using the supercharger to fill in the bottom end torque gives the petrol engine a big, naturally aspirated feel. The mechanically linked compressor starts to function immediately at low revs, while the turbocharger kicks in when the airflow builds up. “We have created a range of smaller, more intelligent engines with power curves that give exciting drivability compared with engines with more cylinders. At the same time we continue to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions,” says Crabb.

The Volvo S60 T5 with 240 horsepower and the new 8-speed automatic is also exceptionally competitive. CO2 emissions are down at 137 g/km.


Source | Photos: Volvo.

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.