Volvo is overhauling its engine lineup for the S60 and V60 model lines overseas and the changes hint at what’s in store for the cars here in the United States.
Currently, the 60-series cars equipped with the Swedish automaker’s fuel-efficient Drive-E four-cylinder engines come with front-wheel drive only. However, these will soon be available with all-wheel drive for the first time.
In addition, the range-topping T6 R-Design models, which currently sport a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, will be adopting the Drive-E engines as well. They’ll get an output of 302 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, down on the 325 hp and 354 lb-ft currently on offer.
The Drive-E engines designed for the 60-series cars are all 2.0-liter four-cylinder units with direct fuel injection and forced induction. The tamer T5 versions only have turbocharging but the T6 has both turbocharging and supercharging.
Overseas, Volvo is also adding some new T2 and T3 engine options as well. These rely on a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that’s capable of delivering between 120 and 180 hp. It’s unlikely we’ll see these offered in the U.S. with this generation of the 60-series cars, though they may be offered on new compact cars Volvo plans to launch in 2017.