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Volvo introduces economical new engine range

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With fuel economy and low emissions becoming ever more important for car buyers, Volvo is rolling out a frugal new series of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines across its model range.

The new engines, known as ‘Drive-E’ units, provide strong performance with reduced fuel consumption compared to their predecessors and will be rolled out across the Swedish company’s model range imminently.

Use of these new four-cylinder engines also signifies Volvo’s move towards complete independence from using engines sourced from other manufacturers. This new range of engines features turbocharging, supercharging and hybrid systems to boost economy and power.

The changes mean that all manual diesel V40 hatchback models emit less than 100g/km of CO2, making them car tax exempt, with the D2 model returning 78.5mpg claimed economy and the D3 74.3mpg. A new 1.5-litre automatic petrol model has also been introduced, producing up to 150bhp while being capable of claimed fuel consumption of 51.4mpg.

Meanwhile, the updated S60 saloon gains two new 150bhp petrol engines – the 1.5-litre automatic-only model and a 2.0-litre unit. D2, D3 and D4 diesels all return more than 70mpg, with power ranging from 118bhp to 187bhp. The V60 estate receives similar changes.

The XC60 off-roader sees mild power increases to D4 and D5 engines, with significant fuel economy and emissions improvements for the four-wheel drive versions over their predecessors in automatic form. The V70 D3 estate also gains 14bhp with improvements to both economy and emissions levels.

The closely-related XC70 off-road estate sees similar reductions in emissions and fuel consumption for the D4 too, while the D5 gains a little extra power.

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