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Volvo's new engines - Volvo lets the five-cylinder die, slowly and quietly

Stockholm - The separation of two automakers takes time. At Volvo and Ford, it takes seven years to retire all of the old platforms and engines. The transition is fluid. New technology mixes with old, modern drives work in parallel with older motors - in one and the same model. For Volvo customers this means that they will have to look very carefully when buying a car in the future.

Start with three

After being taken over by Geely, Volvo started developing new engines. The result was the standard engine block with four cylinders and two liters of displacement. It forms the basis for all new engines, regardless of whether they are gasoline or diesel.

It starts with three versions of the new generation of engines: a petrol engine with 245 hp or 306 hp and a turbodiesel with 181 hp. The models of the 60 series, i.e. the S60, V60 and XC60, were the first to receive all three engine variants, while the other series had to wait a little longer for the powerful petrol engine.

The new Drive-E-Diesel engine D4 with four cylinders Source: Volvo And now it gets complicated. Anyone who orders all-wheel drive - and that's 30 percent of all Volvo customers - will not get the new four-cylinder, and not the new eight-speed automatic. But that is not evident from the name and usually also not from the performance.

D4 is not the same as D4

An example: If you order the V60 D4 with front-wheel drive, you will receive a light two-liter diesel with 181 hp, aluminum crankcase, coated piston ring and modern injection with one pressure sensor per injection valve. The power is transmitted via a modern eight-speed automatic.

But if you buy an all-wheel drive model, you get the equally powerful and smooth-running five-cylinder with 2.4 liters displacement and the older six-speed automatic. As cultivated as the engine is, it is also thirsty. With 6.4 liters per 100 kilometers, it consumes two liters more than the four-cylinder (4.3 liters), at least on paper.

It works the same way with the Topbenziner T6: If you want front-wheel drive, you get the economical four-cylinder with 306 hp, turbo and supercharging. The all-wheel drive technology still depends on the previous six-cylinder with 3.0 liters of displacement and two horsepower less. The difference in consumption is even more serious here: the old engine-gearbox version swallows 10.2 liters per 100 kilometers, the small four-cylinder with the new switch box only needs 6.7 liters.

The end of the five combustion chambers

The five-cylinder gasoline engine, however, disappears completely. Without any grace period, as there is no all-wheel drive on the T5. Another representative of this type of engine, which has already become rare, dies. And the days of the five-cylinder diesel are numbered.

By 2017 at the latest, the five-man Volvo, one of the last of its kind, will have disappeared. If you want to do something about it, you still have the chance to make a conscious decision in favor of the old, smooth-running, but thirsty five-cylinder. To protect an endangered species.

Update: Read here how Volvo gets 450 hp from a two-liter four-cylinder.