Toronto, Ontario – Volvo Cars of Canada has announced it will introduce a new turbocharged inline six-cylinder performance engine on the XC70 for the 2009 model year. The 281-horsepower engine, called the T6, will be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and the company’s all-wheel drive system.

“The T6 adds an extra dimension to the engine range,” said Hans Wikman, Vice President, Vehicle Line Large Cars at Volvo Car Corporation. “The engine has been programmed to provide the highest possible performance with the lowest possible fuel consumption and exhaust emissions.”

Based on the 3.2-litre six-cylinder currently used in the S80, V70 and XC70, the new T6 engine is slightly smaller and includes an advanced turbocharger to deliver an increase of 46 horsepower over the naturally-aspirated engine. Displacing 3.0 litres, the T6 delivers 295 lb-ft of torque from 1,500 rpm for quick acceleration and smooth drivability. Prices will be announced closer to the on-sale date.

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