Volvo rolls out efficient 'Drive-E' powertrains across its range

Never one to be left behind by its German rivals, Volvo has announced it will be rolling-out a range of new, more efficient engines across its current model line-up. Dubbed ‘Drive-E’, the new petrol and diesel engines will be fitted to all front-wheel drive models.

Available to order now, the cleaner four-cylinder units can be had on the V40 hatch, the S60 saloon and V60 estate, the V70 load-lugger plus the XC60 and XC70 off-roaders. Alongside these, existing engines and specs for the various model ranges are tweaked for the 2016 model year.

The Volvo V40 range now hits the headlines with all manual diesels (including R-Design spec ) now squeezing below 110g/km CO2 emissions. The D3 diesel improves by 8.6mpg, while a new turbocharged 1.5-litre petrol engine debuts with the T2 and T3 models, producing 122 or 152bhp.

Volvo V60 rear

The V40 Cross Country diesel range also sees similar improvements, while the S60 saloon gets a new 2.0-litre T3 petrol with 152bhp and economy of 50.4mpg. The auto option, with the same power output, uses the 1.5-litre petrol turbo instead.

The V60 estate gets a new 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine promising up to 74.3mpg combined, as well as power increases across the range and the new turbo petrol engines. The tweaked V60 diesel hybrid is now renamed as the D6 Twin Engine, to bring it in line with the new XC90’s ‘Twin Engine’ hybrid variant.

The XC60 SUV sees power increases and CO2 improvements across its diesel range, as does the XC70. All models get new colour choices, while some get an upgraded kit list and new wheel designs. Deliveries for the revamped Volvo range will commence in May.

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