Volvo has confirmed that it is developing a lightweight 3-cylinder petrol engine which would join the ranks of its 4-cylinder Drive-E engines. It would be built completely in Sweden and would yield better fuel economy from smaller displacement internal combustion engines than ever before. The new Drive-E 3-cylinder engine is designed to support several different applications, and it could generate a maximum power of 180 bhp.
“We have come a long way in the last few years at Volvo. 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 program for the new 3-cylinder engine is very advanced and we have already begun prototype testing of the unit,” says Dr. Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President, Research & Development at Volvo Car Group. Volvo has a long history of developing its own unique 6, 5 and 4-cylinder engines and in-house expertise. This move to include a 3-cylinder petrol motor in Volvo’s engine program is a natural next step in Volvo’s strategy of downsizing.
"The engine is being developed primarily with our new CMA architecture in mind but will also provide power for our 60 Series cars thanks to Volvo’s advanced turbo technologies, while also meeting Euro 7 emission targets. 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. This marks an important step forward for Volvo Cars. In terms of our power and efficiency, Volvo’s engineering excellence will shine through with the Drive-E 3-cylinder engine,” says Michael Fleiss, Vice President Powertrain at Volvo Car Group.