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.