Volvo has at last revealed details of its new three-cylinder petrol engine, following reports and comments in recent months.
The new mill will join the wider Drive-E engine family, which has until now focused on four-cylinder petrol, diesel and petrol-electric options.
Announcing the project this week, Volvo’s Dr Peter Mertens said that the new engine will be a wholly Swedish-developed powertrain, separate to the company’s ongoing works in China with new parent Geely.
“We have come a long way in the last few years at Volvo,” Dr Mertens said.
“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 programme for the new 3-cylinder engine is very advanced and we have already begun prototype testing of the unit.”
The new engine will boast a 1.5 litre capacity, and while development is still ongoing, Volvo is predicting outputs as high as 135kW - a figure in-line with larger engines.
The new engine is being developed with a focus on its next-generation small cars - which will ride on a second new platform called ‘CMA’ - but that its S60 and V60 models will also gain the new engine down the road.
“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,” Dr Mertens said.
The new mill is expected to help Volvo reach a corporate emissions target of 95g/km for Europe by 2020, where its current average is 120g/km.