Volvo release new highly efficient petrol and diesel engines

2015-05-05 06:40:52

Volvo has announced a new super-efficient range of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines which the company will roll out across almost its entire line-up. The cleanest engine emits just 94g/km of CO2 and will return 78.5mpg.

The range of ‘Drive-E’ engines are available to order now and will be rolled out on the V40 hatch, S60 saloon, V60 and V70 estates, and the XC60 and XC70 off-roaders. In addition to the new engines, specs have also been tweaked.

All Drive-E models have a capacity of no more than 2.0-litres and all feature four cylinders. They use a combination of turbocharging, supercharging and electrification. The new engines are badged T2 (120bhp), T3 (150bhp), D2 (118bhp) and D3 (148bhp). They join the range of D4 and D5 Drive-E engines launched last year.

All V40 diesels fitted with a manual gearbox now register less than 100g/km of CO2, with the D2 emitting just 94g/km whilst returning 78.5mpg. The D3 diesel engine also sees its fuel consumption increase by 8.6mpg. Meanwhile, a new 1.5-litre petrol engine joins the V40 line-up in T2 and T3 guises. Both are linked to an automatic transmission and can return 51.4mpg with CO2 emissions of 129g/km.

Similar improvements are achieved with the V40 Cross Country which get the two diesel options.

The D2 and D3 diesel engines also appear in the S60 saloon. This brings CO2 emissions to as low as 99g/km and fuel economy as high as 74.3mpg. A new T3 2.0-litre petrol joins the S60 range with both manual and automatic options, and is capable of achieving 50.4mpg. A 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol with the same power output now features the automatic option.

The V60 estate is now available with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel that promises up to 74.3mpg on the combined cycle. Elsewhere, power has been increased across the range. It also features the new turbocharged petrol engine seen in the S60. The V60 diesel hybrid has been slightly modified but more importantly falls into line with the XC90 by being renamed the D6 Twin Engine in recognition of its dual power ability. It features the highest output and best efficiency of all the new engines: 286bhp and 48g/km of CO2 with up to 155mpg respectively.

The diesel XC60 features power increases and CO2 improvements across the board. The XC60 retains its current five-cylinder D4 and D5 all-wheel drive engine options. However, a new powerful D4 option becomes available with 187bhp on tap.

The V70 gets the new D3 engine, where it returns 68.9mpg

On the larger XC70, the D4 and D5 engine options now both benefit from improved emissions.

All models get new colour choices whilst some variants also get new wheel designs.

The revamped Volvo range start UK deliveries during May.

This article was prepared by our car news team First4Auto

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Andrew Merritt-Morling

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