Volvo Cars is testing a new three-cylinder gasoline engine it says can produce up to 180 hp as the automaker seeks to revamp its powertrain offerings with a focus on "efficient power."
The engine would be the first three-cylinder powerplant developed by Volvo, which is joining several other automakers developing threes including BMW and Ford. Volvo is rolling out its new engine lineup known as Drive-E that were launched in 2013.
Volvo is viewing the engine as an evolutionary step toward a potential zero-emission vehicle. The three-cylinder can be built on the same production lines as Volvo's four-cylinder Drive-E engine.
Originally posted on Automotive Fleet