Volvo XC40 Recharge Preview
Unveiled in late-2019, the Volvo XC40 Recharge is the manufacturer’s first-ever electric vehicle. The Swedish automaker is expected to go fully electric by 2030, with the journey starting with the XC40 Recharge Electric SUV. As its name suggests, it’s based on the standard XC40 SUV.
As you can see above, the XC40 Recharge looks almost identical to its ICE-powered sibling. There are only a few changes, the most prominent one being a new body-coloured grille, which neatly hides the various sensors for the new ADAS platform. Moreover, Volvo has also omitted the tailpipes from the rear, since this is a fully-electric vehicle. The rest of the design remains unchanged from the standard car.
While the interior, too, remains virtually identical to the petrol XC40, it now gets new screens for both the infotainment system and the instrument cluster. The instrument cluster now shows EV-specific information, while the infotainment system is a new Android-powered system from Volvo.
Powering the Volvo XC40 Recharge EV is a 78kWh battery pack sending power to two motors on each axle delivering a combined output of 402bhp and 660Nm of torque. It has a WLTP range of 418km on a single charge, and it can reach 100km/h from a standstill in under 5 seconds.
The Volvo XC40 Recharge is expected to arrive in the Indian market very soon, perhaps in the coming months. Expect it to be available in a single P8 trim, which should be priced at a premium over the standard model.