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Fuel Economy Boost Coming to Volvo Models Thanks to Drive-E Engines

  • 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.

Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More

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