"We've succeeded in making a four-cylinder engine that is as powerful as a 2.5-litre five-cylinder unit, and it's also much more energy-efficient. This is a very welcome both for those customers who want high performance as well as supreme driveability and for the environment that benefits from the improved fuel efficiency." Magnus Jonsson, head of Product Development at Volvo Cars. said in a release.
"One of the most important reasons behind the results is our new, patented turbo system that has been tailor-made for smaller energy-efficient engines."
The new unit, built with fuel efficiency and high performance in mind, develops 203 hp and 300 Nm from 1,750 rpm. It propels the S80 from naught to sixty in 7.9 seconds, the V70 in 8.3 seconds and the XC60 in 96.
As far as fuel consumption goes, the GTDi engine eats up 8.3l/100 km in the S80, 8.4 in the V70 and 8.6l/100 km in the XC60.
The engine will be offered in combination with either the carmaker's automatic six-speed Powershift transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox. In Powershift's case, the double-clutch transmission has been tweaked to provide no torque interruption during gear changing.
The first markets to witness the new engine will be South-East Asia, the Netherlands, China and Japan, because they offer tax incentives for engines below two litres in displacement.