Volvo India has launched the new XC40 Recharge in our market at the price of Rs. 55.90 lakh, Ex-showroom. The launch comes a year after the Swedish brand first opened reservations for the SUV last year and the company will begin deliveries in October this year. The electric SUV was scheduled to arrive as a domestically assembled model in 2021, but the launch was postponed due to a shortage of semiconductor chips. The Volvo XC40 Recharge is offered in a single variant and, in terms of price and specifications, it ranks below the Kia EV6 and larger electric SUVs such as the Jaguar I-Pace, Audi e-tron and Mercedes EQC. The Volvo XC40's recharge is approximately 270mm shorter and approximately 220mm narrower than the Kia EV6's.
The Volvo XC40 Recharge is not a new electric car, as the SUV sits on the same CMA platform as its conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) sibling. In terms of looks, the biggest difference between the current XC40 and the new Recharge will be the front end, which features new piano black livery in place of the radiator grille. The standard XC40 sold in India has yet to undergo a facelift, while the reload is based on the updated model. The most noticeable changes are in the new front bumper which makes the car look more stylish with newly designed LED headlights. The new headlights are steeper compared to the standard XC40's rectangular units and the Thor's hammer LED DRLs have been retained.
Inside, you can see a minimalist approach in the cabin where the large touch screen takes center stage.
Inside, you can see a minimalist style in the cabin where the large touch screen takes center stage. There's also a screen in the instrument cluster and, in keeping with its eco-friendly nature, Volvo doesn't offer leather upholstery. Instead, the cabin is finished with recycled materials, including the seat fabric and carpet upholstery. In terms of amenities, we only have a P8 model with LED headlights, dual-zone climate control, air filter, panoramic sunroof, power front seats, driver's seat memory function, and a built-in 9.0-inch touchscreen. Google Assistant, Harman Kardon voice system, wireless smartphone integration and wireless charging, among others. In terms of safety, you'll get seven airbags, ABS, traction and stability control, a tire pressure monitoring system, a 360-degree camera, hill descent control, and a suite of advanced driver aids. ADAS features include adaptive cruise control, front and rear collision mitigation, lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert, among others.
The 2022 Volvo XC40 will come with a 79 kWh underfloor battery pack as standard.
The Volvo XC40 Recharge will be available with twin-motor all-wheel drive (AWD) as standard and two motors, one on each axle. Total system power is rated at 402hp and 660Nm of peak torque with Volvo claiming 0-100km/h acceleration in just 4.9 seconds. Although Volvo doesn't offer driving modes, you do have options to control the steering feedback however you like. In addition, there is also a single pedal mode that adjusts the braking to the maximum. The 2022 Volvo XC40 will come with a 79 kWh underfloor battery pack as standard. Volvo claims a range of around 418km on a full charge and says the battery pack supports fast charging and can be recharged from 10 to 80 per cent in just around 28 minutes.