Volvo is planning to introduce its new Drive-E engine in the S60 sedan and the XC60 SUV for the Indian market. Reports suggest that Volvo has already launched the engine in the D4 variants of both the cars in India, though there isn’t any official confirmation from the company as of yet.
The new engine in question is a four-cylinder diesel unit which produces 178bhp and 400Nm of torque. The XC60 with the four-cylinder engine is sold in both front-wheel-drive (4WD) and all-wheel-drive (AWD) variants in other global markets. The Indian market though, might get the car only in its AWD guise as all its competitors like the Land Rover Freelander 2, BMW X3 and Audi Q5 come with an AWD system. The S60 will be available only with FWD. Both the cars are expected to be available with a new eight-speed Geartronic automatic gearbox.
Prices of the new variants of both the XC60 and the S60 are expected to be hiked as the engine is a brand new unit. As all the cars in Volvo’s line-up are imported as completely-built-units (CBU), the report further adds that the hike in price will also accommodate the revised import duties.
The XC60 and S60 are currently offered with five-cylinder engines. Despite the deduction of a cylinder, the performance of the new engine is better than the five-cylinder counterpart. The loss of weight has translated into better performance and efficiency figures for both the XC60 and the S60.