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Volvo chasing low emissions with new 3-cylinder engine

Volvo chasing low emissions wi...
All variants of the new motor should meet the tough Euro 7 emissions standards
All variants of the new motor should meet the tough Euro 7 emissions standards
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Volvo's new three-cylinder motor produces up to 180 hp
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Volvo's new three-cylinder motor produces up to 180 hp
The engine is set to be produced on the same line that produces the brand's four-cylinder motors
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The engine is set to be produced on the same line that produces the brand's four-cylinder motors
Details about the new engine are scarce thus far
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Details about the new engine are scarce thus far
Ford, Mini and Audi are just some of the brands that have chased better economy by downsizing
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Ford, Mini and Audi are just some of the brands that have chased better economy by downsizing
Turbocharging is a key part of Volvo's plans for the engine
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Turbocharging is a key part of Volvo's plans for the engine
The engine joins a set of Drive-E engines in Volvo's lineup
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The engine joins a set of Drive-E engines in Volvo's lineup
Volvo is aiming for a premium, responsive feel for its three-cylinder
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Volvo is aiming for a premium, responsive feel for its three-cylinder
The Swedish manufacturer is currently testing the engine
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The Swedish manufacturer is currently testing the engine
All variants of the new motor should meet the tough Euro 7 emissions standards
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All variants of the new motor should meet the tough Euro 7 emissions standards
Volvo's new three-cylinder motor produces up to 180 hp
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Volvo's new three-cylinder motor produces up to 180 hp
The engine is set to be produced on the same line that produces the brand's four-cylinder motors
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The engine is set to be produced on the same line that produces the brand's four-cylinder motors
Details about the new engine are scarce thus far
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Details about the new engine are scarce thus far
Ford, Mini and Audi are just some of the brands that have chased better economy by downsizing
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Ford, Mini and Audi are just some of the brands that have chased better economy by downsizing
Turbocharging is a key part of Volvo's plans for the engine
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Turbocharging is a key part of Volvo's plans for the engine
The engine joins a set of Drive-E engines in Volvo's lineup
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The engine joins a set of Drive-E engines in Volvo's lineup
Volvo is aiming for a premium, responsive feel for its three-cylinder
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Volvo is aiming for a premium, responsive feel for its three-cylinder
The Swedish manufacturer is currently testing the engine
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The Swedish manufacturer is currently testing the engine
All variants of the new motor should meet the tough Euro 7 emissions standards
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All variants of the new motor should meet the tough Euro 7 emissions standards
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Volvo continues to chase better fuel economy with the development of a new three-cylinder engine, which will sit alongside the Swedish brand's Drive-E four-cylinder motors in its lineup.

The new Volvo block joins the global trend for downsizing with big manufacturers like Ford, Mini and Audi chasing better fuel efficiency through small, three cylinder engines that challenge the idea that "there's no replacement for displacement."

The three-cylinder engine is designed to work in a raft of different Volvo cars, and takes advantage of the company's experience with turbocharging to deliver plenty of power from the small block.

Peak power for the engine is currently claimed to be 180 hp (134 kW), a figure which is significantly higher than the 95 hp (75 kW) that Audi's 1.0-liter, three-cylinder petrol engine produces in the updated A1.

"We have learned a lot from the development of our 4-cylinder Drive-E engines and translated this into a highly responsive, compact and powerful premium-quality 3-cylinder engine," says Michael Fleiss, Vice President Powertrain at Volvo Car Group.

Fleiss says that the new engine will meet Euro 7 emission targets (though we are not sure exactly what that translates to at this point) and offers a flexible production option as the brand continues to grow. Production will take place on the same line that Volvo uses for its four-cylinder engines, which also helps keep costs down.

Source: Volvo

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7 comments
watersworm
Diesel or not ???
Stuart Wilshaw
Volvo say:
"Volvo Cars today confirms its production program to develop a lightweight 3-cylinder petrol engine. The engine, wholly developed in Sweden, will join the class-leading 4-cylinder Drive-E engines in displaying Volvo’s engineering prowess and commitment to efficient power."
Must be spark plugs hidden away somewhere.
Bill Bennett
Impressive, spark plugs on top, the exhaust manifold is the cylinder head and the turbo bolts directly to the head.
Abby Normal
I wonder how smooth the engine runs.
bergamot69
Modern 3 cylinder engines are acceptably smooth, compared to a 4 cyl, and tend to make quite an interesting noise when roused- adding character.
However, what this article does not mention (Volvo may not have released that information) is how big the engine is.
The jury is still out on longevity of the current batch of small-cap downsized 3 cylinders, such as from Ford. However, where experiments have taken place with replacing typically 9-11 litre diesel bus engines (typical for a British double-decker) with a 6 litre diesel, turbocharged to the nth degree, they have proved a disaster. So in some instances, there ain't no substitute for cubes, as our ex-Colonial cousins across the Pond are fond of remarking.
Martin Leitner
Why does the automotive industry still spend billions of dollars for the development of new ICE? Go electric! NOW!
Jay Finke
Geo metro (Suzuki) 3 cylinder motor is my favorite, it's super easy to work on and these can get up-to 58 mpg. I just wish there was a American made model.