Volvo’s Drive-E engines are now available to Australian customers, with the S60, V60 and XC60 being the first models to get the Drive-E treatment.
The Drive-E range consists of just two turbocharged four-cylinder engines, a pair of 2.0 litre petrol and diesel units.
Each engine will offer a wide range of power and torque outputs, with variations to turbocharging the main method of powering-up or detuning the units for various models.
For Australia, Volvo’s ’60 Series’ are now available with the petrol T5 and diesel D4 variants of the Drive-E range, producing 180kW/350Nm and 133kW/400Nm respectively.
The current six-speed auto in the 60 Series is replaced by a new eight-speed ‘Adaptive Geartronic’ unit in Australia.
Speaking with TMR, Volvo Australia’s Oliver Peagam said the six-speed manual transmission offered in 60 Series variants in overseas markets would not be available in Australia any time soon.
The new eight-speed auto features stop/start technology, aiding a significant improvement to fuel consumption for the 60 Series.
The S60 sedan now boasts a 0-100km/h time of 6.3 seconds with the T5 and 7.4 seconds with the D4, while fuel economy is listed at 6.4 and 4.2 l/100km respectively.
The V60 wagon boasts 0-100km/h times of 6.4 seconds for the petrol variant and 7.6 for the diesel, while economy shifts to 6.8 and 4.5 l/100km.
Volvo’s XC60 SUV will hit 100km/h from rest in 7.2 seconds with the Drive-E T5 engine and 8.5 seconds with the D4, while economy is listed at 7.0 and 4.9 l/100km respectively.
“Drive-E technology proves that increased efficiencies don’t have to be at the expense of performance,” Volvo Australia Managing Director, Matt Braid, said.
“Our new Drive-E engines have been fine-tuned by the same engineers responsible for the Volvo engine currently powering the Volvo Polestar Racing S60 in the V8 Supercars Championship, so performance and drivability, as well as fuel efficiency, was always going to be a point of focus.”
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)
The 2014 Volvo S60, V60 and XC60 with Drive-E engines are available now. The entry-level S60 T4 model powered by a 1.6 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine (not a Drive-E unit) still kicks off the S60 range, priced from $49,990 plus on-roads.
- T4 Kinetic – $49,990
- T4 Luxury - $54,990
- D4 Kinetic - $56,890 (Drive-E)
- D4 Luxury - $61,890 (Drive-E)
- T5 Luxury - $59,890 (Drive-E)
- T5 R-Design - $63,890 (Drive-E)
- T6 R-Design - $71,990
- Polestar - $109,950
- T5 Kinetic – $55,890 (Drive-E)
- T5 Luxury – $60,890 (Drive-E)
- T5 R-Design -$64,890 (Drive-E)
- D4 Kinetic - $57,890 (Drive-E)
- D4 Luxury - $62,890 (Drive-E)
- T6 R-Design - $72,990
- T5 Kinetic – $57,890 (Drive-E)
- T5 Luxury - $62,890 (Drive-E)
- D4 Kinetic – $59,890 (Drive-E)
- D4 Luxury - $64,890 (Drive-E)
- D5 Luxury – $69,990
- D5 R-Design - $73,990
- T6 Luxury – $74,990
- T6 R-Design - $78,990
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