Editor's note: An earlier version of this story, which also appeared on Page 6 of the April 16 issue, had the incorrect launch date for the new powerplants. They will debut in the fall of 2013.
Volvo will offer a four-cylinder engine in the United States in the fall of 2013 for the first time since the 2004 model year.
The first vehicles to use the new 2.0-liter Volvo-designed engine will be front-wheel-drive versions of the S60 and S80 sedans, the XC60 crossover and the XC70 wagon, Volvo Cars of North America CEO John Maloney said in an interview.
The engine is based on the new Volvo Environmental Architecture family of four-cylinders that eventually will replace all of the automaker's five- and six-cylinder engines.
Maloney said the four vehicles will get the new engine because they are based on a similar platform.
"The whole reason to do this is high fuel efficiency, high performance, good torque and reduced weight," Maloney said. "This will give us a leap ahead."
Volvo will use its existing powerplants on the all-wheel-drive XC60, XC70 S60 and S80, Maloney said.
The new four-cylinders will range in horsepower from 150 to 300. Turbocharging will be used in gasoline and in diesel versions, which the company has said eventually may come to United States.
The last four-cylinder Volvo offered was a 1.9-liter on the S40 sedan and V40 station wagon.