Upcoming government fuel economy and emissions regulations have every automaker across the world, from Ferrari to Volkswagen, working on fuel efficient solutions in order to meet the standards. Volvo is no exception and says it’s on-track to introduce a new range of fuel efficient engines by 2013.
These new fuel efficient engines will be smaller and could benefit from forced induction in order to maintain power outputs — another technique Volvo has been using for years.
Volvo’s engines with the new technology were just introduced on the new 2011 S60 and V60, only one of which we currently get here in the U.S. Volvo introduced a new 3.0-liter, turbocharged, direct-injected I-6 in the U.S.-spec S60 that puts out the same horsepower as the old 4.4-liter, Yamaha V-8. Europeans have more options, including a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, direct-injected “volume” I-4.
Unfortunately for us here in the States, it’s unclear whether or not Volvo’s future diesel engines will make it across the Atlantic. “We are taking a deep look at whether we will introduce the diesels to the U.S.,” Volvo CEO Stefan Jacoby told Autocar. “We haven’t decided yet.”
A number of premium automakers including Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz, all offer turbo-diesel engines in a variety of vehicles, although none sell in large quantities. We like the idea of Volvo offering a fuel-sipping diesel in the U.S. as we feel it would bring Volvo closer to its roots. What do you think? Should Volvo bring its next-generation diesel engines to the U.S.? Let us know in the comments below.