There’s only so much more power you can extract from a not so elegant four-cylinder banger but Volvo is reportedly going to ask all of it and then some more.
That’s because according to the latest rumor spinning the mill the Swedes have asked their newly acquired Polestar performance unit to take into account the entire lineup and focus on the same four cylinder engines that Volvo is promoting. The luxury brand with Chinese parenting is now full throttle after introducing the XC90 crossover and S90 sedan and is now gearing up for the big debut of the V90 estate version – which should occur in front of the worldwide audience during the Geneva motor Show next week. All the models will be showcased next to the facelifted 60 family that comes to the party in XC60, S60, and V60 guises.
And Polestar has been tasked to deliver the high-performance versions for most of the lineup and the latest report on the subject puts the division on the research path of four-cylinder engines. Apparently before the turn of the decade the Swedish brand will have a hardcore S60 sedan motivated by a 450-horsepower 4-cylinder unit. And chances are it will also use a hybrid powertrain technology, similar to the one in the T8 hybrid guises of the XC90 and S90. Volvo’s design director Thomas Ingenlath commented on the matter that “there is always some room for play” and “using the Polestar brand could be a good idea.” And Olle Fast, a powertrain executive within the brand has also hinted the 450-hp prototype engine is “one way of Volvo saying that the current powertrain line-up has potential to grow.”