The fight for fuel economy is in full force and automakers are trying to penny-pinch every last bit of fuel economy out of their latest and greatest models. One of the growing trends is the revitalization of three-cylinder engines, which sound like they’re better off being left to motorcycles and tractors. Though three-bangers aren’t necessarily new to the car and have been used at various points in history by numerous automakers. More recently, Ford proved that three-cylinders can be more than adequate with their 1.0L EcoBoost three-banger and BMW has their own in some new Minis.
Now, Volvo is looking to jump on the threesome bandwagon to accompany their new line of forced-induced compact four-bangers, some of which are debuting for the first time in the new 2015 XC90. The new Volvo three- is designed with 1.5L in mind, according to AutoCar, which helps Volvo cut down on future CO2 emissions while boosting fuel economy, particularly in Europe and Australia where stricter emissions standards were mandated. And while it may seem like the small engines might be good for the small cars, AutoCar recently heard it could be used in cars as big as the S60 with varying degrees of tune in both gas and diesel form.
The Volvo three-banger is expected to surface sometime in the next several years after all of the new four-cylinder engines get launched by 2016. The three is also expected to find duty in Volvo’s future hybrid setups.
– By: Chris Chin