This fall, Volvo will launch a new line of powertrains that are designed to reach new levels of fuel efficiency – and to be ready for the transition to electrification. The Drive-E range of powertrains consists of two four-cylinder engines, one common rail diesel and one direct-injected gas version. They replace eight engine architectures on three platforms.
“We have created smaller, more intelligent engines with power curves that give exciting driveability compared with engines with more cylinders yet deliver the fuel economy of only four cylinders. In addition, by adding electrification such as plug-in hybrid technology, we will reach power figures in the V8 territory,” says Volvo VP Derek Crabb.
Drive-E diesels will be available in versions from 120 to 230 hp, and the gas-powered models will range from 140 to 300-plus hp. The new engines will be teamed either with a new eight-speed automatic gearbox or an enhanced six-speed manual, tuned for improved fuel economy.
Most importantly, the Drive-E engines are designed to be ready for future electrification. Key components, such as the Integrated Starter Generator, can be connected easily, and the compact size of the four-cylinder engines means that an electric motor can be fitted in the front or rear of the vehicle. Volvo envisions a battery pack located in the center of the car.