Volvo announced the expand of it’s engine range with two new aluminum based 1.6-liter GTDI engines. Both 1.6 GTDi, the 1.6 GTDi T3 with 150 horsepower (110 kW) and the T4 GTDi with 180 horsepower will be available in the all-new Volvo S60 and V60. The 180 hp engine delivers maximum torque of 240 NM from just 1600 and all the way up to 5000 revs a minute. The 150 hp 1.6 GTDi version offers 240 NM of torque.
“We estimate reductions in fuel consumption and exhaust emissions in the region of twenty percent compared with a conventional petrol engine with larger displacement and similar performance,” says Magnus Jonsson. “At the same time, the GTDi engines provide the sort of lugging power and driving feel of a modern diesel engine.”
The 1.6 GTDi T4 will be available in combination with Volvo’s automatic six-speed Powershift transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox, while the 1.6 GTDi T3 will only by available with a six-speed manual gearbox.
Both variants feature a DRIVe-button on the instrumentation that engages and disengages fuel-saving technology:
• The automatic version had a technology that disengages the gear if the driver releases the accelerator when the car is rolling. This creates less rolling resistance and improves fuel consumption.
• The manual version comes with a Start/Stop function that shuts off the engine when the car is standing still and the driver releases the clutch and puts the gear lever into neutral. As soon as the driver presses the clutch again the engine restarts.
The six-speed twin-clutch Powershift transmission unites the manual gearbox’s efficiency and driving dynamics with the automatic transmission’s smoothness and convenience. Clutch operation is coordinated so that no torque losses arise during gearchanges. The result is the same comfort and seamless drive as a conventional automatic transmission, combined with the performance of a manual gearbox.
Both 1.6 GTDi engines will hit the market in this autumn, together with the launch of the V60 and S60.
Wiki: GTDi comes from Gasoline Turbocharged Direct Injection