Volvo has announced the addition of a new 3-cylinder engine in its current lineup.

The Drive-E unit will be developed in Sweden and will join the 4-cylinder Drive-E range in displaying Volvo’s “engineering prowess and commitment to efficient power”. Currently, the power plant is being developed primarily with the CMA architecture in mind. It will also provide power for the S60 and V60, meeting Euro 7 emission targets.

Volvo is still coy on details, but the engine will have a range of performance levels “up to around 180 HP (132 kW)”. The company explains the Drive-E 3-cylinder engine is “yet another step towards zero emissions and real-world performance from Volvo”.

Currently, the Drive-E range consists of three 4-cylinder engines - one common-rail diesel, a direct-injected gasoline mill and a range-topping 2.0-liter unit with 450 bhp (335.5 kW). Diesel family output varies from 120 bhp (90 kW) to 230 bhp (170 kW), while gasoline engines kick off at 140 bhp (104 kW) and end at more than 300 bhp (225 kW).

Gallery: Volvo announces new 3-cylinder Drive-E engine, will have up to 180 HP

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