A report from the UK's Autocar states the new Volvo four-cylinder Drive-E engines - variants of which are set to be launched in the S60, V60 and XC60 lines in the coming weeks - will be added in the place of the existing five-cylinder petrol (T5) and diesel (D4) engines. It is believed the same will happen in Australia within the next 12 months.
The new four-cylinder twin-turbocharged petrol T5 will produce slightly less power compared to its larger five-pot predecessor at about 180kW (the current T5 has 187kW). Torque is unknown but should be close to the current car's 360Nm output, if not higher.
The diesel four-cylinder turbo engine is said to produce about 138kW of power (up from 130kW in the five-cylinder version), with fuel use for the manual expected to be a headline-grabbing 3.8 litres per 100km - the current D4 claims 4.9L/100km in manual guise. According to the report, the D4 can also sprint from 0-100km/h in a hot-hatch-rivalling 6.8 seconds.
Autocar states that Volvo is aiming to offer a power spread for its petrol Drive-E engines of between 112kW and 223kW, while diesels will be plotted between 90kW and 172kW. A smaller three-cylinder Drive-E engine may also be in the works.
Volvo Australia marketing and communications director Oliver Peagam said the engines are on the radar for the brand.
"We will be looking at all variants of Drive-E engines as they become available to us and assessing them for the Australian market," Peagam said.
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