In most cases, opting for an all-wheel drive Volvo requires losing one of their new Drive-E four-cylinder engines in favor of the older five and six-cylinder units. That’s changing now that the company has added all-wheel drive to T6 Drive-E versions of the S60, V60, XC60.
Volvo announced today the -60 series cars would be available with the 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder would get the all-wheel drive option as in the new XC90. Previously, the engine was only offered in front-wheel drive variants of the older vehicles, forcing you to swap it for the 3.0-liter turbo six that dates back to Volvo’s Ford era.The new car continues to be rated at 306 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque, with emissions ratings ranging from 161 g/km on the S60, to 179 g/km CO2 on the XC60. In the U.S., the T6 models are rated up to 33 mpg highway on front-drive models, compared to 26 on models with all-wheel drive and the six-cylinder. An eight-speed automatic, replacing the old six-speed, is also part of the change.It’s unclear when the Drive-E models will start coming with all-wheel drive, but expect it to slowly replace the older engine in 2016. That should mean the last chance to get an R-Design with the turbo six is approaching. There’s always the S60 and V60 Polestar with a more highly tuned turbo six, but that can’t be long for this world, either.
Still, the Drive-E engines are impressive in terms of power for their size and efficiency given their power. The six’s muscular character will be missed, but the new engines are a sign the downsized future isn’t so bad.