The new Volvo S90 is likely to get three-cylinder power after all - as part of a more modest version of the Swedish brand’s hybrid set-up.
Volvo is developing a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine as part of its joint venture with owner Geely on a new platform for small vehicles, called Compact Modular Architecture (CMA). Initial speculation had ruled out the prospect of this motor ending up in the flagship saloon - even though elements from the S90’s Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) will be used in the smaller vehicles.
However, Volvo’s senior vice-president of research and development Peter Mertens has now suggested that the three-cylinder engine could indeed form part of a hybrid powertrain that would sit lower in the range than the S90’s 401bhp TwinEngine model. It would probably be front-wheel drive only, and not feature the ability to charge via a plug socket.