Currently reading: Volvo unveils new engine family
New family of engines to replace current units found in Volvo's entire line-up
Mark Tisshaw
2 mins read
16 August 2013

Volvo is claiming a revolution in diesel engine technology as part of its all-new engine family.

From the autumn, Volvo will roll out its exclusively 2.0-litre, four-cylinder DRIVE-E diesel and petrol engines initially in the S60, V60 and XC60. These will replace eight existing engine families across all model lines and spell the end four five-, six- and eight-cylinder Volvos.

The engines will be offered with different levels of turbocharging and, in some instances, mated to front or rear-mounted hybrid systems for front- or all-wheel drive to power anything from a super-frugal economy model to cars with performance comparable with a V8.

Each will be hooked up to a new eight-speed automatic or “enhanced” six-speed manual gearbox.

The diesel breakthrough, Volvo claims, is with its i-Art injection technology. Each injector in the common rail is fitted with a small computer that ensures the optimum amount of fuel is injected into each cylinder at a pressure of up to 2500 bar, rather than each injector providing a constant, single pressure. Improved economy, performance and sound are all promised. 

The first DRIVE-E diesel engine to get the i-Art technology will be the D4 unit with 179bhp. Diesels with between 118bhp and 227bhp will be offered.

The Volvo designed and developed DRIVE-E engine family, which was known as Volvo Engine Architecture or VEA through its development, also includes petrols with between 138bhp and 300bhp-plus.

The first petrols are a 302bhp T6 and a 230bhp T5. Higher performance petrols feature a supercharger as well as a turbocharger to provide more low-end torque for a more linear torque curve and normally aspirated feel.


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16 August 2013

Some will inevitably bemoan the demise of the more characterful 5 cylinder engines but this is a big step forward for Volvo whose cars are targetted towards the real world and not the fantasy. New engines and transmissions, particularly a decent automatic, were long overdue. Let's hope they deliver.


16 August 2013

... But the power outputs look good! Congrats to Volvo and look forward to a road and technical evaluation of these new engines...

16 August 2013

The D5 engine is going?!

I thought that was scheduled (alongside the current XC90) to live forever...

16 August 2013

its a shame volvo going to 4 cylinder engines, 5 cylinder engines are crackers, 6 cylinder as autocar once said best engine in the world,albiet with a turbo!!1998


16 August 2013

More efficient 4 cylinder engines will no doubt help them sell more cheaper cars, but sadly most of the profit comes from the more expensive models, where i think you still need something with more than 4 cylinders.

I would also be put off by the complexity, and therefore potential long term reliability of these new units. 


16 August 2013

I do wonder about the increasing complexity and demands (turbo/super charging) made on modern engines in the quest to lower emissions and increase frugality ... Are we heading for a fall?? ... Like Ford powering a large family car with its one litre engine??

16 August 2013

Not exactly relevant here, but I think the C30 would have done a lot better through its lifetime if it had been fitted with some decent, efficient small capacity petrol engines. There was a good car in there trying to get out.

16 August 2013

I have a new (one of the last) C30 R design with the D2 r- design 1.6 diesel and it's an absolute gem- have driven the V40 in many specs and the new ford engines it uses in petrol guise are also great- once XC90 replaced, and S80 Volvo will have a great offering- they just need an A1 style hatch and crossover to get their output up- definite brand flexibility to make that a success

16 August 2013

These engines and Jaguar Land Rover's 'Hotfire' units are what I have been looking forward to the most.  I wonder if in 'real' life they'll be able to match the outstanding SKYACTIV engines from Mazda?

catnip wrote:

Not exactly relevant here, but I think the C30 would have done a lot better through its lifetime if it had been fitted with some decent, efficient small capacity petrol engines. There was a good car in there trying to get out.

I agree, I always liked the C30 but it wasn't quite advanced enough in the engine department!

9 September 2013

The problem for Volvo is the same for all companies that do not spend the time or money telling potential customers about their new offerings. How many people still think Volvo sell only big, old, boxy estate cars to old people and hippies? Sadly lots still think like that. Whose fault is it? Volvos sadly.

Look at the V40 R design: 88grams of Co2 (the lowest emissions for premium diesel), 91 mpg, the safest car ever tested, looks great, comes with a pedestrian airbag and City safety, capless re fuelling, TFT dashboard, Bluetooth and DAB , torque vectoring plus loads more as standard. So why are they not selling in large volumes?

It ticks all of the following boxes:

Fuel economy
And for once residual value

And none of this matters because people who would consider it don't know about it. It is madness for Volvo to make a fantastic car then not shout about it!

Clever advertising sells cars, because on the whole people are pretty stupid creatures and do what the man on TV tells them; Vorst sprung Durk Tecnik (progress through Technology) no one knew what it meant but it sounded good! Or ‘The Ultimate Driving Machine’ (really a 118i 1 series BMW is better than a Porsche, Aston, or a Ferrari? Of course not but they can sell that concept to their ultimately stupid friends who have watched the same ads) and sadly this is the factor (the desirability of your friends to aspire to drive what the advertisers tell them is the 'in thing') So if envy is the biggest factor ( for most people the envy of friends and neighbours) that sells cars and no one has seen an advert or commercial that creates this desirability why would they purchase one?

If Volvo wants to survive and thrive, they need to advertise a lot more and show off their technology and make slightly sexy, classy high end ads that make people want to be seen in one!


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