- Volvo’s new Drive-E engine boosts gas mileage to 37 mpg highway
- Drive-E offers choice between 240 hp or 302 hp
- Engines will be used in 2015 S60, V60 and XC60 models
According to Volvo, the Drive-E engine will make its debut in the 2015 S60 sedan and the upcoming V60, which is essentially a 5-door sport-wagon variant of the S60. The powerplant is a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, returns 25 miles per gallon in the city and a whopping 37 mpg on the highway — a substantial increase in fuel economy over today’s 5-cylinder, which returns 21 mpg city/30 mpg hwy.
But in spite of the big efficiency boost, the Drive-E powerplant still offers excellent power and torque. Volvo says the engine makes 240 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, which lags only slightly behind the 250 hp and 266 lb-ft of today’s 5-cylinder. Better yet, the Drive-E engines actually offer better acceleration than the 5-cylinder, thanks in part to a new 8-speed automatic. Volvo says an S60 equipped with the Drive-E powerplant can reach 60 miles per hour in 6.1 seconds, which is 0.3 seconds faster than today’s model.
For drivers who want even more power, Volvo says the Drive-E engine family won’t stop with 240 horses. The brand will also offer a more powerful version of the engine that boasts 302 hp thanks to a turbocharger and a supercharger. In the S60, that powerplant is expected to return 24 mpg city/32 mpg hwy while delivering 0-to-60 times in the mid 5-second range.
Beyond offering Drive-E engines in the S60 and V60, Volvo says the powerplants will also make their way into the XC60 crossover for the 2015 model year. In the XC60, the base-level Drive-E engine will return 24 mpg city/31 mpg hwy, while the 302-hp version will be good for 22 mpg city/30 mpg hwy. Unfortunately, Drive-E engines are not yet offered with all-wheel drive, though we expect that will change soon.
What it means to you: Volvo’s new Drive-E engine offers excellent fuel economy without sacrificing gas mileage.