Volvo India has reportedly, introduced its brand new 2.0-litre diesel engine in the S60 sedan and the XC60 SUV for the Indian market. The new engine is part of Volvo’s Drive-E range of 4-cylinder engines and, will be exclusively offered with the D4 variants of Volvo cars worldwide.
The brand new Drive-E engine is a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder unit that is able to produce 181PS of max power and 400Nm of peak torque. Though the XC60 is available in both front wheel drive and all-wheel drive options in the international markets, the model sold in India is only being offered in the all-wheel drive guise. The Volvo S60 on the other hand, will be available only with front-wheel drive. The engine in both models will come mated to the new eight-speed Geartronic transmission.
The new Drive-E engine replaces the ageing 5-cylinder unit that is able to produce 163PS of max power and comes coupled to a 6-Speed automatic gearbox. Despite the reduction of a cylinder, Volvo claims that the performance of the new engine is better than the earlier five-cylinder unit and that the weight loss has translated into an improved efficiency figure for both the XC60 and the S60. The new 2.0-litre engines are being built at Volvo’s engine plant in Skovde, Sweden.
With the introduction of the new engine in the D4 variant, expect a small price hike for the S60 and the XC60 models to counter the import duty revisions. The revised pricing for the both the models will be announced by the Swedish automaker in the coming weeks.