Following up on the recent introduction of its new Drive-E family of 4-cylinder powerplants, Volvo has announced that its next major project involves developing a new group of Drive-E 3-cylinder turbocharged engines. While specific technical and timing details are still scarce, these new triples reportedly will be viable for use in vehicles up to the firm's mid-size S60/V60/XC60 series models. 

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Like its 4-cylinder Drive-E variants, Volvo's future line of 3-cylinder engines will be designed to easily integrate into its new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform introduced on the all-new 2016 Volvo XC90 crossover SUV. In addition to conventional fitments, the engines also are destined to play a major role in the company's future hybrid lineup as a way to help meet more demanding fuel economy regulations that will go into effect starting in 2017.

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