Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Volvo Press | posted December 12, 2014 08:29
The next step in the Drive-E powertrain program
Volvo Cars of Sweden confirms they are currently developing a lightweight three-cylinder petrol engine to boost the Drive-E powertrain lineup that already has the 4-cylinder variant.
"We have come a long way in the last few years at Volvo. Investments from our parent company, Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, have enabled us to recapture our position as a leader in the field of powertrain engineering. The development program for the new 3-cylinder engine is very advanced and we have already begun prototype testing of the unit," says Dr. Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research & Development at Volvo Car Group.
As more and more manufacturers look for ways to downsize their engines while increasing performance and efficiency, Volvo has joined the small engines market at just the right time.
"We have learned a lot from the development of our 4-cylinder Drive-E engines and translated this into a highly responsive, compact and powerful premium-quality 3-cylinder engine. The engine is being developed primarily with our new CMA architecture in mind but will also provide power for our 60 Series cars thanks to Volvo's advanced turbo technologies, while also meeting Euro 7 emission targets," says Michael Fleiss, Vice President Powertrain at Volvo Car Group.
It will be designed and built for a variety of applications which is why it also is engineered for various power outputs, the highest being 182PS.
"The beauty of the new 3-cylinder engine we are developing is that it can be built on the same production lines as our 4-cylinder engine, offering flexible production potential which can be adapted to suit business needs as we grow. This marks an important step forward for Volvo Cars. In terms of our power and efficiency, Volvo's engineering excellence will shine through with the Drive-E 3-cylinder engine," concludes Dr. Mertens.