Volvo Unveils New Drive-E Three-Cylinder

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon
volvo unveils new drive e three cylinder

Volvo unveiled its new Drive-E three-cylinder engine Thursday, with prototype testing already underway.

The engine was developed in-house, and is considered “a natural next step in Volvo’s strategy of downsizing.” Horsepower and torque are unknown at this time.

Per powertrain vice president Michael Fleiss, the new Drive-E is being developed alongside Volvo’s CMA architecture, and will also power Volvo’s 60 Series with a little help from turbocharging. R&D senior vice president Dr. Peter Mertens adds the engine “can be built on the same production lines” as the four-cylinder Drive-E engines, providing “flexible production potential” as needed.

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  • Carguy67 Carguy67 on Dec 12, 2014

    Don't tell me those are rubber hoses clamped to rigid pipes right next to the exhaust manifold? A single exhaust port for 3 cylinders ... is that a good thing?

    • Heavy handle Heavy handle on Dec 12, 2014

      I think that the exhaust manifold is cast into the cylinder head (and liquid cooled). That's a common feature for many new engines. The single exhaust port that you see is after the manifold and goes to the exhaust turbine.

  • Zamoti Zamoti on Dec 12, 2014

    We're Volvo and we do whatever the hell we want! Rwd brown diesel station wagon manual, did that. 5 cylinder transverse mount turbo awd? Did that. Adding a supercharger to a pair of turbos? Why the hell not. Tiny 3 cyl in a 4000 lb car? Damn right. They may not be known for their engines but they sure got balls for making some of the strangest ones around.

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    • Tostik Tostik on Dec 13, 2014

      @wmba And let's not forget, Volvo will soon be making a 450HP 4-banger. It'll be in Volvos fairly quickly. I can't wait.

  • Art Vandelay Dodge should bring this back. They could sell it as the classic classic classic model
  • Surferjoe Still have a 2013 RDX, naturally aspirated V6, just can't get behind a 4 banger turbo.Also gloriously absent, ESS, lane departure warnings, etc.
  • ToolGuy Is it a genuine Top Hand? Oh, I forgot, I don't care. 🙂
  • ToolGuy I did truck things with my truck this past week, twenty-odd miles from home (farther than usual). Recall that the interior bed space of my (modified) truck is 98" x 74". On the ride home yesterday the bed carried a 20 foot extension ladder (10 feet long, flagged 14 inches past the rear bumper), two other ladders, a smallish air compressor, a largish shop vac, three large bins, some materials, some scrap, and a slew of tool cases/bags. It was pretty full, is what I'm saying.The range of the Cybertruck would have been just fine. Nothing I carried had any substantial weight to it, in truck terms. The frunk would have been extremely useful (lock the tool cases there, out of the way of the Bed Stuff, away from prying eyes and grasping fingers -- you say I can charge my cordless tools there? bonus). Stainless steel plus no paint is a plus.Apparently the Cybertruck bed will be 78" long (but over 96" with the tailgate folded down) and 60-65" wide. And then Tesla promises "100 cubic feet of exterior, lockable storage — including the under-bed, frunk and sail pillars." Underbed storage requires the bed to be clear of other stuff, but bottom line everything would have fit, especially when we consider the second row of seats (tools and some materials out of the weather).Some days I was hauling mostly air on one leg of the trip. There were several store runs involved, some for 8-foot stock. One day I bummed a ride in a Roush Mustang. Three separate times other drivers tried to run into my truck (stainless steel panels, yes please). The fuel savings would be large enough for me to notice and to care.TL;DR: This truck would work for me, as a truck. Sample size = 1.
  • Ed That has to be a joke.