Volvo has confirmed that a set of three-cylinder engines will join the Drive E range of engines by 2016.

1.5-liter three-cylinder turbocharged petrol powerplants is in the works and may be used for the S60 and V60 along with other small- to mid-sized Volvo models.

These new engines may also be part of hybrid drivetrains in the near future.

“I see it being possible in S60 but not higher. It’s not planned for the higher XC cars at the moment. It’s not the power. It’s more to do with the torque,” said Derek Crabb, Volvo VP Powertrain Engineering.

Power and torque numbers haven’t been worked out as of the moment and it is still unsure if and when this product will be offered to the US market.