Engines Announced for U.S.-Bound Volvo V60

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Volvo V60 Press Photo

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The Swedes are bringing it Stateside, and now we know what the engine lineup will look like for the Volvo V60.

According to a press release from Volvo, the V60 is the first step toward equipping more of the brand’s models with four-cylinder engines after what seems like eons of popular inline five- and six-cylinder engines.

Volvo Cars North America President and CEO John Maloney said, “This is an exciting time of transformation for Volvo and shows our Swedish heart is beating strongly. The V60 signifies our first step in a gradual move toward powerful, highly efficient, four-cylinder engines across the entire portfolio of our vehicles.”

Those four-cylinder engines are otherwise known by the Drive-E moniker we told you about earlier. The V60’s 2.0-liter Drive-E engine option will be turbocharged, Volvo said.

While the Drive-E engine steals the spotlight, the range-topping engine in terms of power will be the trusty 3.0-liter T6 six-cylinder engine that in the V60 will make 325 horsepower and 354 ft-lbs of torque. For those who love a hot-rodded Volvo wagon, the automaker says the V60 R-Design, which has unique exterior trim and a performance-tuned version of this engine, will be “the fastest and most powerful wagon in Volvo history.”

Next down the list is the T5 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine that makes 250 horsepower and 266 ft-lbs of torque. The Drive-E engine, which Volvo also (and somewhat confusingly, in my opinion) labels T5 despite its four cylinders, not five, delivers 240 horsepower and 258 ft-lbs of torque.

Both the five- and six-cylinder engines drive all four wheels, whereas the new Drive-E engine drives only the front wheels. Volvo says the Drive-E engine should produce “significant” fuel savings over the older engine architectures, and I’d imagine the fact it drives two fewer wheels doesn’t hurt. The engine’s ability to save fuel is further augmented by its compatibility with electrification — expect Drive-E-equipped Volvos of the future to be hybridized. But that’s the long-term future. In the nearer term, you probably want to know what the V60’s fuel consumption looks like. But for now, V60 Drive-E fuel economy numbers are not available, Volvo said.

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