Volvo Introduces Fuel-Efficient Drive-E Engine Family

By | August 16, 2013
Volvo Cars has released power and torque figures on its new engine family, the Drive-E. These powertrains were developed at Volvo's R&D department in Sweden, targeting best-in-class fuel economy, as well as signal a part of the company's strategy for advancement. Overall, $11 billion was invested in this project, helping with engine development, Volvo's Scalable Product Architecture, and other upgrades to facilities and infrastructure. Volvo plans to move forward by increasing its competitiveness and technological independence. John Malone, North America President and CEO of Volvo Cars, said in a recent interview that "The launch of our new Drive-E powertrain is an important step in Volvo's product investment plan that will result in a stronger, more competitive position in the marketplace. A great deal of research went into learning how our customers drive and these highly efficient, low-emission engines were designed to provide greater customer choice while retaining the performance attributes our customers expect." These new four-cylinder powertrains deliver lower emissions and higher fuel economy savings, ranging from 13 to 26 percent, depending on if they are compared to six- or eight-cylinder engines. The new engines are also up to 100 pounds lighter than their larger siblings. Volvo has developed three Drive-E engines, a common rail diesel and a direct-injected gasoline version. These new powertrain options should reach dealers by early 2014.

Drive-E Powertrain Range:

  • T6: 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged, 302 horsepower, 295 lb.-ft. torque
  • T5: 2.0-liter turbocharged, 240 horsepower, 258 lb.-ft torque
Source: Volvo