The Drive-E engine that will debut in the 2015 V60 will be a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder good for 240 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It will feature in the base V60 with front-wheel drive.
Should you want your V60 to power all four wheels, you’ll have to opt for Volvo’s existing turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine or turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. The five-cylinder delivers 250 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque, while the six-cylinder is good for 325 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque.
Volvo hasn’t mentioned how much its 2015 V60 will cost, though prices shouldn’t start much higher than the 2014 S60 sedan’s $32,400 starting figure.
“The V60 signifies our first step in a gradual move toward powerful, highly efficient, four-cylinder engines across the entire portfolio of our vehicles,” Volvo’s U.S. chief John Maloney said in a statement. “This is an exciting time of transformation for Volvo and shows our Swedish heart is beating strongly.”
Maloney is referring to Volvo’s strategy to introduce four-cylinder engines across its lineup, from the smallest hatch right up to its XC90 seven-seat SUV. Conventional technologies such as direct fuel injection and turbocharging allow the four-cylinder engines to deliver V-6-like performance, but Volvo will eventually add hybrid technology to enable the engines to match or even exceed the performance of some V-8s.