By on March 21, 2014


Beginning with the 2015 model year, Volvo’s S60, V60 and XC60 will come with the automaker’s new Drive-E Volvo Engine Architecture family of small three- and four-pot gasoline and diesel engines, laying the foundation for PHEVs down the road.

Autoblog Green reports the VEA engines now making their way into 2015 models include a turbo/super-four gasoline monster pumping 302 horsepower, a 240-horsepower turbo-four, and a twin-turbo-four diesel good for 178 horses. All three displace 2 liters under the bonnet, and are mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission designed to Drive-E’s goal of enhancing fuel efficiency.

By MY 2017, Volvo will introduce an additional pair of 2-liter turbocharged gasoline engines and a trinity of 2-liter turbodiesels, all organized in two clusters of four split between performance and economy. The economical gasoline engines are expected to range between 148 and 186 horsepower, while the diesels will move 118 to 147 horses.

The VEA family came about in 2007 during Volvo’s time with Ford, where the automaker’s engineers used Ford engines to build upon their own ideas, only to realize a better way by making the business case for building their own engines so as to not disturb Ford’s manufacturing processes.

However, when the case was presented to CEO Alan Mullaly, Mullaly directed the Swedes to future owner Geely, as Ford was in the process of selling Volvo to the Chinese automaker at the time. The VEA project became a key part of the sale to Geely in 2010, receiving a huge push to the tune of $11 billion, shared with Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture set to underpin future vehicles.

Speaking of the future, the engines were designed with PHEVs in mind, and thus include necessary components that could be easily connected to an electric motor system fitted either with the engine — thanks to the latter’s compact size — or in the rear of the vehicle. At present, the VEA Drive-E family offers stop-start technology, brake regeneration, CVVT and more.

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22 Comments on “Volvo Drive-E Modular Engines Lay Foundation For Future Hybrids...”

  • avatar

    I was wondering why the blower was on the same side as the exhaust. I guess the combo turbo/supercharger makes this arrangement a must.

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    And we have Ford turbocharging everything and now a Turbo/Supercharger from Volvo along with every other analyst predicting the death of the V8. For those that believe History is cyclical, say goodbye to the 70’s and bring on the 80’s.

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    Just test drove the new T5 in the CX60 as well as the XC70…which for some reason you don’t mention as getting this new 4.
    They caught my eye while getting my car serviced next door at Mazda. I saw a MPG on the window of 22/33/27.
    In a XC60? So I test drove it. It was rather fun. As usual, it had Volvo soft leather and all around driving. I did think the engine was a little louder than the Ford 2.0 ecoboost in my Escape. I just thought the Volvo would have been less so.
    Perhaps they wanted this sound..?????

    The next day I drove the XC70 wagon. I liked it better. For some insane reason I LOVE that huge rear cargo area and the idea I can reach over the top and load stuff if I had to.
    However…as usual…my wife warned me she would never test it as there will NEVER be a wagon in our driveway.

    Wow. I need to look closer at this whole marriage thing.

    PLUS…being an idiot about power…the T6 and its dual supercharger/turbo mix with supercharger for take off and the turbo for mid power demand sounds wonderful. I wonder when this will show up? This is promising a combined MPG of 25 vs the T5 27. Pretty close.

    • 0 avatar

      Drove a new V60 T5 wagon a few weeks back and was very impressed by the car overall. The engine was plenty responsive and the fuel economy was excellent. This was the FWD version, the AWD version still gets the older engine+transmission combo for the moment.

      The new V60 is very high on my list at the moment, if for no other reason than the seats. They were outstanding.

      • 0 avatar

        love the little wagon’s looks. Just a bit small in the cargo area for me. So I still lean towards the 70.
        I will also add the new trans helps and does a nice job. Now I didn’t really give it hard corner or drive testing so not sure what the pros will say about its shifting in sudden and demanding situations. But on my test drives…it seemed good.

        and to me…volvo, lincoln, lexus and certain acuras are the best when it comes to soft and supple leather seats. I don’t feel like I am being punished…but hugged.

      • 0 avatar

        having driven both in P3 S60’s, I prefer the old five cylinder – but the huge fuel economy gains are hard to ignore.

      • 0 avatar

        Did the same and loved the car and yea those seats are the best, but I worry about first year design ownership. There always seems to be something that can be improved upon and they usually show up in the first year or two.

    • 0 avatar

      ” However…as usual…my wife warned me she would never test it as there will NEVER be a wagon in our driveway.”

      That’s the same logic that forced me to pass on an gorgeous pre-owned Audi S4 Avant a few years ago. Maybe you could could come to a compromise and park it in the garage?

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    While this is interesting, I am more curious to hear about this: “Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture”

    • 0 avatar

      I imagine that’d be similar to whatever term VW uses it for its platform sharing, my term for it is “K-Car-ing it”.

      I’m interested in the reliability of these things, either they’ll be fine or on par with ’86 Volvos, the ones with flaky wiring harness’s.

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    SCE to AUX

    Given Volvo’s very low sales in the US, they might do well to market this engine family to other small mfrs so as to keep the lights on.

    • 0 avatar

      A weird stat that puts Volvo in 2nd for safety behind Buick for the last decade and a half.

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    When premium cars scamper to and boast about turbocharging tiny engines for FE gains, isn’t that solely due to government pressure?

    Because, who buys a new 35K+ vehicle and has to worry about gas money?

    Decades of skinflinting have assured that I am constitutionally incapable of entertaining such a possibility so I have no clue as to what is in the minds of those who do.

    • 0 avatar
      Sam P

      I could pay cash right now for a $35k vehicle, make around six figures a year (no kids/wife makes more money than I do) and I care about fuel economy to a degree.

      That’s why as much as I love the Wrangler, I won’t own one until Fiatsler puts a nice VM Motori diesel in one that gets at least 25 mpg on the highway.

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        So, is it the annoying frequency of fuel-ups with the Wrangler that bothers you?

        • 0 avatar
          Sam P

          No, I’d prefer to have a more efficient vehicle if possible than what the current Wrangler gets. You got a problem with that?

          • 0 avatar

            “You got a problem with that?”

            No idea what’s making you confrontational. I was just curious why a well-heeled person would begrudge a little extra pocket change for gas when you already like the vehicle in question.

      • 0 avatar

        Not only fuel efficicency but also emision controls. While you can blame the government also many people want efficient cars. This becomes obvious when gas prices spike.

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