Volvo innovations

Everything we do is designed around people, so every innovation we make is designed to simplify and improve your life. We’re especially proud of our advances in efficient power, connectivity and safety. We call our thinking in these areas: Drive-E, Sensus and IntelliSafe.

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Volvo Cars Innovation areas

Introducing the new Drive-E powertrains

A little something
worth bragging about

It’s not very Swedish to brag but we’re so proud, we just have to. Our new four-cylinder Drive-E engine is small but powerful. So powerful that we believe it will change the way people think about engines, ending the decades-old assumption that more cylinders equals more power.

In fact, our four-cylinder engines offer performance equivalent to six and even eight-cylinder powerplants. And the bit we’re particularly proud of is the lower fuel consumption and emissions output that comes standard with our new engine range. Actually, we think that’s quite a big deal.

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Four cylinder Volvo drive-e engine

Our new range of Drive-e powertrain offer sparkling performance and unparalleled fuel efficiency

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The all new Drive-E powertrains

We make the V8 engines look like dinosaurs

Get the power you need with a four-cylinder engine that generates the equivalent output of a six or even an eight-cylinder engine, but uses less fuel. So your running costs will be lower and your engine will emit fewer harmful exhaust emissions. And best of all, you needn’t sacrifice a great driving experience.

Diesel engines with i-ART

This is intelligent efficiency Volvo style and it’s a world-first, too – each diesel injector has a small computer on top, which monitors injection pressure for each cylinder. Using this information, the self-adapting i-ART system makes sure that the ideal amount of fuel is injected during each combustion cycle. That lowers fuel consumption and emissions whilst improving performance.

Supercharged and turbocharged

Our top-of-the-range petrol engines feature supercharging and turbocharging, so you get more torque at low revs for great throttle response with the turbo boost coming in at higher revs. The result is potent performance with power up to 300hp, and terrific fuel efficiency.

Eight-speed automatic gearbox

Our new eight-speed automatic gearbox is an important part of the Drive-E powertrain story – you’ll always be in the right gear for the very best engine response and drivability, which in turn means a smooth driving experience, higher efficiency and lower running costs.

Powertrains with ECO+ mode

ECO+ mode improves fuel economy – for automatic transmissions only – via a range of measures, including optimising the gearbox’s shift points as well as engine control and throttle response. There is also a coast function, which disengages engine braking and drops the engine revs to idle, allowing the car to coast when conditions permit.

Drive-E Highlights

Efficient power

Drive-E powertrains

Our new range of Drive-E powertrains offer sparkling performance and unparalleled fuel efficiency. In addition, our new eight-speed automatic transmission ensures that a great driving experience isn’t compromised.


Plugging in to the future

We’re committed to developing fun-to-drive electrified cars, such as the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid, which gives you the choice of running on pure electricity, a powerful, but efficient, diesel engine – or both!

Kinder to you and the environment

Kinder to you and the environment

Our Interior Air Quality System filters the air inside your car so thoroughly that it should be cleaner than the air outside. And to minimise our environmental impact, our European factories use electricity from renewable sources, our water-soluble paints are kinder to the environment and all new Volvos are 85% recyclable.

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New Volvo Drive-e Powertrains

New Volvo Drive-e Powertrains


Our Drive-E philosophy is all about achieving the greatest efficiency from every Volvo car, whether that’s with our new family of four-cylinder engines or a whole host of fresh, innovative technologies.

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Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid

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We believe in sustainability. Do you?

At Volvo, we don’t do anything without considering our long-term responsibility to the environment – and you. Drive-E sums up our approach to this: from cleaner factories to a cleaner environment inside our cars and energy-efficient engines.

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You and your car, connected

Sensus is our philosophy behind all our technologies that connect you with your car – and the world around you. Our elegant solutions are designed to give you information, entertainment and support just when you need them, allowing you to effortlessly and instinctively control and personalise every aspect of your drive.

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Volvo Sensus – connected car for personalized driving

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Volvo Sensus – connected car for personalized driving

Putting you in control

Sensus Connected Touch turns your 7-inch display into a touch screen that connects you to a wide range of online services; the Volvo On Call app is designed to make your life less complicated. Find out more in these videos.

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the Volvo On Call app – makes your life less complicated

Make your journey even more fun

We all get bored on long journeys. Fortunately, that’s now less likely thanks to Sensus Connected Touch. Connect to global radio with TuneIn, or stream music with our voice-controlled Spotify function: simply say the name of a song, and within seconds it’ll be playing in your Volvo. Just try not to argue with the kids about whose turn it is next.

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Volvo makes long journeys more entertaining

It’s like driving a smartphone on wheels

Why should you have to go offline just because you’re in your car? We know that staying connected to the world is important. That’s why our smart Sensus systems enable you to browse the web on your car’s hi-res screen (when stationary, of course), download apps and connect your mobile phone to your car’s speakers. It’ll even make your Volvo a Wi-Fi hotspot for connecting other devices to the net.

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Volvo connect car

Find a location

So, where would you like to go?

Need a cup of coffee? A bunch of flowers in a hurry? Thanks to our Sensus technology it’s easy to search for the places you need to go to using Google, then link seamlessly to iGo, your Volvo’s connected navigation system

Plan your trip

We’ll help you get there – stress-free

If you’re heading into unfamiliar territory, it’s always useful to see in advance what your route and destination look like. Thanks to our 3D maps, you can do just that – and arrive relaxed and on time.

Find your way

Finding your way is a breeze

Thanks to the navigation system iGo, we can give you visual and voice directions to get you to your destination as quickly and safely as possible.

Local information

We’ll help you get more out of your trip

Want to know what that building over there is? Simple. Our Roadtrip app will read out relevant Wikipedia entries as you approach places of interest. We can also give you the weather forecast for wherever you happen to be.

Want a remote control for your car?

How many times, on a freezing day, have you wished the inside of your car was warm before you got in it? Or wondered if you’d forgotten to lock it? No problem. You can turn on the heater, lock the doors – and more – via your smartphone, wherever you happen to be, with our Volvo On Call app. Volvo On Call even alerts the emergency services if you have an accident, or tracks your car if it’s stolen.

Volvo on Call smartphone app

Volvo on Call, remote control your car.

Intuitive controls

If only everything in life were so simple

We believe you shouldn’t need an instruction manual to operate a Volvo. Therefore all our controls, such as the thumbwheel on the steering wheel, are as easy and intuitive to operate as your favourite smartphone.

Intuitive displays

…and so easy to understand

We also believe you shouldn’t need a degree in computer science to understand your car. Using your Sensus screen, you can scroll through your car’s features – from navigation to multimedia – on an easy-to-read display.

Sensus Connected Touch

A touch of genius

You can now fit your Volvo with Sensus Connected Touch, a smart bit of technology that turns your 7-inch display into a touch screen. The system even works when you’re wearing gloves – and responds to voice commands.

Adaptive Digital Display

A display to match the way you feel

How are you feeling today? According to your mood or driving style, our Adaptive Digital Display option lets you alter the way your Volvo gives you information. Choose between three set-ups: Elegance, Eco or Performance.

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Not all cyclists
are this noticeable

Volvo Cyclist Detection with auto-brake technology

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Volvo Cyclist Detection with auto-brake technology

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Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with full auto brake

The groundbreaking Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with full auto brake, detects and automatically brakes for cyclists swerving out in front of the car.

The new functionality is an enhancement of the present detection and auto brake technology. All cars equipped with pedestrian detection will also incorporate cyclist detection.

The advanced sensor system scans the area ahead. If a cyclist heading in the same direction as the car suddenly swerves out in front of the car, as it approaches from behind, it will prompt you to act with a flashing warning light on the windscreen, along with an audible alarm. If you don’t react to the warning and a collision is imminent, the car immediately brakes with full braking force.

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Alert and react

We believe accidents are best prevented

Our cars have a range of smart technologies that will apply the brakes automatically if a collision is likely – for example, if you don’t spot a pedestrian in time, or if you’re about to collide with the vehicle in front.

Blind spot information

We can see where you can’t

If you’re changing lanes on the motorway, it’s hard to see if there’s a vehicle in your blind spot. Our warning system alerts you if there’s something there, letting you keep your eyes on the road ahead and move out safely.

Lane Keeping Aid

Helping you stay on the right track

If our Lane Keeping Aid senses that you’re straying a little too close to the white line (at speeds of over 65km/h) it will apply a gentle touch to your steering to help keep you in the right place.

We test our cars beyond the limit

Should the worst happen and your Volvo is involved in an accident, our cars feature safety cages made from ultra-hard boron steel to keep you safe. We test our cars rigorously to ensure they give you and those around you maximum protection.

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maximum tests for maximum protection

We won’t rest until you’re 100% safe

Our view of an accident-free future is simple: "By 2020, nobody shall be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo." We call this Vision 2020. Our world-leading safety experts are working hard to achieve this goal and won’t stop until they do. That’s the true meaning of IntelliSafe.

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Volvo's world-leading safety experts work towards an accident-free future

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Knee Airbags

Knee Airbags

State-of-the-art safety

IntelliSafe incorporates a wide range of innovative technologies to protect you and those around you. Some of our latest advances include Knee Airbags, Rear Alert and Pedestrian Airbags. Watch our videos to find out more.

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Rear Alert

Rear Alert

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Pedestrian Airbags

Pedestrian Airbags

You love your kids…

And so do we. Which is why we’re always working hard to keep them safe. Our baby and child seats are designed specifically for – and thoroughly tested in – our own cars. And several of our models have two-stage integrated booster cushions for older children, ensuring they’re always at the correct height for their seatbelts to work effectively.

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Volvo is working hard to keep children safe

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