Volvo is developing new three-cylinder engines that will appear in its 60-series cars, like the S60 sedan, V60 wagon, and the XC60 crossover.
Part of an overhaul aimed at replacing and updating the company's model lineup and developing new, more efficient powertrains, Volvo was able to spin off a three-cylinder engine from one of its new four-cylinder Drive-E engines, the latter of which are replacing inline-six and inline-five engines in its lineup.
The development of three-cylinder engines represents the next step after the debut of Volvo's four-cylider Drive-E engines in production cars.
Volvo says that the new turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder gas engines will produce up to 180 hp without hybrid technology. The three-cylinder powerplant is still a couple years away from appearing in production cars, which will also include Geely models in the Chinese market. Geely is Volvo's corporate parent.
"We have learned a lot from the development of our 4-cylinder Drive-E engines and translated this into a highly responsive, compact and powerful premium-quality 3-cylinder engine," said Michael Fleiss, vice president of powertrain operations at Volvo Car Group. "The engine is being developed primarily with our new CMA architecture in mind but will also provide power for our 60 Series cars thanks to Volvo's advanced turbo technologies, while also meeting Euro 7 emission targets."