Volvo Won’t Offer A New Generation Of Petrol Engines

Volvo made waves last year when it became one of the first automakers to reveal plans to offer an electrified version of every model they make.

The decision to embrace the eco-friendly technology isn’t without consequences as Road and Track reports the current generation of turbocharged petrol engines will be the last. It will take some time for Volvo to go fully electric but in the meantime we can expect plug-in hybrids with more powerful electric motors. There’s also word of a rear-biased all-wheel drive system that could make typically safe and sensible models a hoot to drive.

While Volvo has offered a handful of convertibles and coupes over the years, it doesn’t sound like they’ll be making a return. Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson told the publication the automaker needs to focus on its core lineup which includes crossovers such as the XC60 and XC90. Of course, this doesn’t necessarily rule out fun variants as the company’s stunning coupe concept eventually became the Polestar 1.

Speaking of Polestar, the report says we can still expect a handful of high-performance models in the same vein as the S60 and V60 Polestar. There’s no word on the when the models will arrive but they will reportedly be electrified. This isn’t too surprising as the V60 T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid is already more powerful than the outgoing V60 Polestar.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Making it easy to cross off the list…

  • RDS Alphard

    Although enthusiast might be steered away from Volvo because of this, but I believe for marketing point, this is actually a good move consider “EV SUV” is the “future” of “motoring”… oh, and of course full autonomous vehicle.

    • Nick099

      Yes, when lithium becomes “eco-friendly.”

      • LWOAP

        Which is why I think solid state batteries are going to play a bigger role in the future of EVs.

  • eb110americana

    This article is confusing. Volvo won’t be going full-electric anytime soon, but they aren’t going to make a new turbo engine either. So what? They are going to produce the same old turbo-4 for another 20 years and only update the electric motors? Or are they going to source an engine from another manufacturer? Or is Volvo really throwing caution to the wind and ending hybrids to go full-electric against Tesla in a couple of years? Or is this all just PR BS, Volvo just wants to brag about their electric side, and they are really saying the engines will continue to be engineered for the future, but that they want you to know the real focus is on the electric side? Okay then. Glad we cleared that up…

    • Rocket

      “They are going to produce the same old turbo-4 for another 20 years and only update the electric motors?”

      That’s pretty much it, although I’m sure they don’t expect it to take 20 years. The ICE might see mild updates, but most of the changes will be the gradual transition to hybrids, plug-in hybrids then full electric.

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  • Kagan

    Bullshit just cheap or free marketing!

    First of all they have relative new generation of engines that can be used for a very long time. Second their electrification is just mild hybrids like every one elses!

  • Nick099

    Batteries are not “eco-friendly” you twit.

    You would know that if you bothered to study your subject.

    • Silimarina

      compared to oil extraction and ICE cars, batteries are more eco friendly

      • mas921

        nope, MIT thinks otherwise… (Google it)

        • Silimarina

          i think you should read that MIT article again

      • Nick099

        That is a nice, comfortable delusion. Hope it makes you happy.

  • salamOOn

    my dearest volvo, you are making one wrong step after another… makes me sad.

  • Cobrajet

    You can only improve an engine so much. When will cam-less engines be out on the market.

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