New Engines: Volvo will utilize 2.0L 5-cylinder diesel and improved 6-cylinder petrol powerplants for 2011 range

by Ron Grant

Swedish car manufacturer Volvo will introduce a new 2.0L turbo 5-cylinder engine that will be utilized by all 2011 model years of its range. The carmaker also reworked its 6-cylinder petrol powerplants used on the XC60, XC70, V70, and the S80.

The new 5-cylinder diesel powerplant is in theory the same as the 2.4L diesel engine but the displacement has been decreased to 2.0L with shorter stroke. This engine will be marketed in three variations differing in output.

The 2.0L diesel engine will be tagged as the D3 for the XC60, XC70, V70, and S80 and will have an output of 163 horsepower and a torque of about 400 Nm.

The smaller hatchback C30, the V50 estate, the S40 sedan, and the coupe cabriolet C70 will use the 2.0L engine in two offerings. One will have it as the D3 that generates 150 hp and peak torque of 350 Nm, and the other one will be the D4 that has a more potent output of 177 hp and a peak torque of 400 Nm.

These variants of the new turbodiesel engine with 2.0L displacement can be coupled with either a six speed manual or automatic gearbox.

Volvo also improved on its 3.0L turbocharged 6-cylinder petrol T6 that can now give out 304 hp and a torque of 440 Nm.

The naturally aspirated 3.2L 60cylinder engine was also reworked by the Volvo engineers to decrease the internal friction and improve its crankshaft. This engine now outputs 243 horsepower and a max torque of 320 Nm.

Volvo is also offering a Partial Zero Emission Vehicle of PZEV variant to meet the requirements of US laws. The PZEV version has 231 hp and 300 Nm of torque.

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