Volvo has confirmed that its new three-cylinder engines will enter production later this decade after all four-cylinder versions of the Drive-E family have been rolled out by 2016.
The three-cylinder engines will eventually be a key component of hybrid drivetrains when they are expected to become mainstream in the early part of the next decade.
Derek Crabb, Volvo’s global powertrain boss, confirmed the roll-out and purpose of the three-cylinder Drive-E, with a petrol variant expected first. Crabb declined to say how many variants would be built but was clear that the line-up wouldn’t be as comprehensive as that of the 2.0-litre engines, of which there will be four variants of each plus powered-up Polestar versions.
“I see it [the triple] being possible in S60 but not higher,” Crabb said. “It’s not planned for the higher XC cars at the moment. It’s not the power. It’s more to do with the torque.”