Volvo Penta’s New Compact Diesel Engines Meet Upcoming European Emission Regs


Volvo Penta’s entire marine leisure engine range, including two brand new diesel engines, is now compliant with the new European Union Recreational Craft Directive Stage 2 (RCD II) emissions regulations. Volvo Penta’s RCD II compliant compact range, featuring models from 13 to 75 hp, now includes two new four-stroke, four-cylinder models, the D2-50 and D2-60.

Both of the 2.2L, naturally-aspirated diesel engines will be available on compatible vessels sold in Canada and are expected to meet US EPA Tier 3 standards.

“We have expanded our range to offer a highly competitive platform for RCD Stage 2,” says Johan Wästeräng, Volvo Penta’s Vice President of Marine Leisure Product Management. “I believe that our new D2-50 and D2-60 will be welcome additions to our compact diesel engine range for small craft.”

D2-50/60 Engines

Volvo Penta’s new four-cylinder D2-50 and D2-60 engines are available for both S-drive and shaft installations. They add to a series of models for sail yachts and other displacement boats, which require compact diesel engines. The D2-50 engine is naturally aspirated with an output of 49hp at 3,000 rpm and the D2-60 engine is charge air-cooled with an output of 60hp at 3,000 rpm.

Volvo Penta's new D2-60 inboard diesel engine.
Volvo Penta’s new D2-60 inboard diesel engine.

Both engines have an in-line injection pump and are fitted with freshwater cooling as the standard. They are said to be lightweight and provide low fuel consumption, noise and vibration.

The new D2-60 is available now, while the D2-50 will become available in Q2 2017.

Volvo Penta's D2-50 diesel engine (saildrive version pictured) is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2017.
Volvo Penta’s D2-50 diesel engine (saildrive version pictured) is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2017.

These two new engine models replace Volvo Penta’s D2-55, which is only approved for RCD Stage 1. Production of this engine has stopped as of December 2016.

2017 European Compliance

New emissions regulations for the European Union (EU) RCD II will be applicable for all engine-powered leisure watercraft of 2.5m to 24m (except racing boats, hydrofoils and hovercraft) and relate to both exhaust and noise emissions. They come into force on January 18, 2017, and all engines within the scope must apply for official certification via CE marking.

Volvo Penta’s complete range of leisure engines is now compliant with RCD II regulations, including inboard, diesel and gasoline sterndrives, Inboard Performance System (IPS), and sailboats models (D1, D2, D3, D4, D6, D8, D11, D13, V6 (with catalyst only) and V8 engines).