The Volvo XC60 compact SUV, the Volvo S80 sedan and the Volvo V70 station wagon will get another engine to their large range that is already available. More precisely, we are talking about a completely new petrol engine developed by the Swedish automaker. The new engine is a 2.0 liter GTDi unit. I know the name might confuse you into thinking that it is a diesel, but it actually is a petrol unit. The GTDi nametag stands for Gasoline Turbocharged Direct Injection. It is quite possible that the new Volvo engine to be similar to the new 2.0 liter EcoBoost engine developed by Ford, the parent company of Volvo (at least for now). The 2.0 liter GTDi has four cylinders and combines the turbocharging technology and direct injection with twin variable camshafts.
The new engine will be offered along with an automatic six speed PowerShift transmission developed by Volvo or a standard six speed manual gearbox. The new 2.0 liter GTDi petrol engine has an output of 203 horsepower and 300 Nm of torque which is available from 1750 revs per minute to 4000 revs per minute. When equipped with the new engine, the Volvo S80 sedan is able to go from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds while returning a combined fuel economy of 35.8 mpg UK or 29.8 mpg US or a consumption of 7.9 liters per 100 kilometers.
The new 2.0 liter GTDi engine will be initially offered in markets that offer tax incentives for engines below two liters in displacement, including Japan, China, South-East Asia as well as the Netherlands while other markets will get the engine later this year.
Magnus Jonnson, head of Product Development at Volvo Cars, has stated that ``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``. He continued by saying that ``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``.
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