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In a bid to improve fuel economy without sacrificing performance Volvo will bdegin fitting two new gasoline turbocharged direct-injection (GTDi) engines in two of its cars later this year. Both a turbocharged 3-cylinder and 4-cylinder will be offered for the new S60 and V60 wagon.
The 1.6-liter GTDi T3 makes 148-hp with as much as 177 ft-lbs of torque. As for the T4 powerplant, it will produce 177-hp and 177 ft-lbs, with an overboost function that delivers up to 199 ft-lbs of torque. Both engines will be made entirely from aluminum to minimize weight.
Volvo expects the new engines to cut fuel consumption and emissions by as much as 20 percent.
The new engines will be fitted exclusively to the S60 and V60 models at first and there’s no word on if Volvo plans to offer either in North America. And as unlikely as it is, the T4 engine could see use in the S60 here, or perhaps in the next generation S40.
We expect Volvo to make an announcement of the new powerplants when it officially unveils the new V60 at the Paris Auto Show.
GALLERY: Volvo V60
Nissan’s upcoming Juke crossover isn’t going to win any awards for style, but the vehicle’s engine is an exciting bit of technology. When the Juke goes on sale in North America later this year it will likely feature a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with direct-injection technology – GTDI (gasoline turbocharged direct injection) for short. It also gets variable valve timing on both the intake and exhaust side of the engine.
The GTDI 1.6 will be offered in Europe, but Nissan has not confirmed if it will be available in the North American model.
This setup will allow for optimum performance with minimum fuel economy. The mpg stats aren’t available yet, but we can report that the engine makes 188-hp and 177 ft-lbs of torque.
The GTDI engine is the first by Nissan and is likely a sign of things to come for the automaker. Currently Volkswagen, GM and Ford and Mazda are big proponents of mixing small displacement engines with turbocharged and direct-injection technology and most other automakers are likely to follow suit soon.
GALLERY: Nissan Juke
See after the jump for a short video about the new engine: