Volvo To Supplant V8s With Diesel Electric Hybrids By 2012 We've seen bits of evidence that Volvo's future powertrain strategy will incorporate both diesel engines and hybrid drivetrains , but Automotive News now provides more detail on Volvo's evolving propulsion plans. Larger sedans and SUV s will be targeted first, with their V8 engines replaced by a diesel five-cylinder engine powering the front wheels and an electric motor driving the rear wheels. Magnus Jonsson, Volvo's senior VP of R&D also said "a plug-in variant will come 'very quickly' after the initial hybrid arrives. While big Volvos will see major changes, smaller Volvos will also be receiving mileage-enhancing technologies. Volvo is looking at making turbo V6 engines standard-issue on high-line vehicles, replacing V8s and likely serving as the "base" engine alternative to the hybrid/diesel powertrain. Such a strategy would go hand-in-hand with Ford's EcoBoost turbo DI engine plan. Also, expect stop/start technology to begin showing up on smaller Volvo vehicles as early as next year, with eventual propagation across the line. [Automotive News ; Sub. Req.]