The latest iteration of Volvo's V60 Sportwagon, scheduled to arrive in North America in January, will introduce the company's new Drive-E family of four-cylinder engines, which will ultimately be used throughout the Volvo model lineup.
Front-wheel drive versions of the V60 will be powered by a 2.0-litre, turbocharged Drive-E engine rated at 240 horsepower and 258 b-ft of torque. The new four-cylinder engines offer higher performance than today’s six-cylinder units and lower fuel consumption than Volvo's current four-cylinders, according to the company.
"The V60 signifies our first step in a gradual move toward powerful, highly efficient, four-cylinder engines across the entire portfolio of our vehicles," said Volvo Cars of North America president and CEO John Maloney.
The Drive-E engines also offer the opportunity to be augmented by electrification, Volvo says. "By adding electrification such as plug-in hybrid technology, we will reach power figures in the V-8 territory," said Derek Crabb, vice-president of powertrain engineering at Volvo Car Group.
Automatic stop-start technology and an eight-speed automatic transmission will be standard accompaniments to the Drive-E engines from the beginning.
A 300-horsepower version of the 2.0-litre Drive-E four-cylinder, with both a turbocharger and a supercharger is said to be in the pipeline, as are hybrid variations.
In the meantime, all-wheel-drive and high-performance variants of the V60 will continue to use other engines currently in Volvo's portfolio.
The base-engine in the AWD wagons is a turbocharged 2.5-litre five-cylinder, rated at 250 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque, while the performance-oriented T6 six-cylinder engine offered in the V60 R-Design, makes 325 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque – the most ever for a Volvo wagon.