Volvo's Drive-E Engines Delivers the Goods With Low CO2 Emissions

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole
All automakers are under enormous pressure to deliver the highest fuel economy possible without sacrificing performance. Volvo’s answer to the problem is their new Drive-E lineup of engines.


An S60 equipped with the company’s new D4 diesel engine and a manual transmission serves up 181 horsepower and class-leading CO2 emissions of just 99 g/km. That translates to a whopping 74.3 imperial miles per gallon. In ‘Murican figures that works out to more than 61 MPG!

To deliver such impressive consumption figures this engine uses the company’s brand-new i-ART technology, which is a world’s first. This system measures pressure at each fuel injector instead of on a common rail like other powerplants. This allows the engine to deliver the ideal amount of fuel at any given time.

The D4 engine with front-wheel drive will be offered in the S60, V60, XC60, V70, XC70 and S80. It will also be available with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Look for it to launch sometime in 2014.


Volvo is also introducing a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder “T6” gasoline engine. It features BOTH a supercharger and a turbocharger. How’s that for forced induction?

The mechanical blower serves up boost at low-engine speeds, enhancing torque production and getting things moving. The hair dryer takes over at higher velocities to deliver top-end power. This combination should deliver the best of both worlds, great torque with a strong upper-rev range.

All of these Drive-E engines are built with future electrification in mind, so when the time is right engineers can fit them with even more advanced fuel-saving features. Look for them in a Volvo near you in the not-too-distant future.

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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