The Volvo brand is changing: by 2025, half of all models sold worldwide should be fully electric – and no later than 2030 the entire range of models. That means that the Swedes have to hold on. The XC40 Recharge was presented at the end of 2020, now follows with the C40 Recharge the second fully electric model – and that could be a real opponent for the Tesla Model Y!
The Volvo C40 is an SUV coupe
The Volvo C40 Recharge is based on the CMA platform and is officially an SUV. Due to the strongly sloping, black roof, the 4.43 meter long C40 should be more than SUV coupe go through. The shape is similar to the upcoming Tesla Model Y. In terms of design, the C40 is based heavily on the XC40 – everything is typically Volvo. The LED headlights have a characteristic “Thor’s hammer” design, as we know it from all other Volvo / Polestar models. The closed radiator grille, which the XC40 Recharge also carries, is new. The Heck is independent. The attached tear-off edge and the roof spoiler indicated on the right and left are noticeable.
In the Volvo C40, two electric motors produce 408 hp
When it comes to electric drives, the Swedes rely on the tried and tested combination of two electric motors (one each on the front and rear axles) and one 78 kWh battery. This drive is used in both the technology brother Polestar 2 and the XC40 Recharge. The fully electric XC40 was able to convince in the AUTO BILD test! The Output remains unchanged at 300 kW (408 PS), in addition there is a huge 660 Nm maximum torque. Despite a curb weight of 2185 kilos, the new C40 should be in just 4.9 seconds to 100 km / h accelerate. But it’s already over at 180 km / h, and Volvo is no exception with the C40. After all, the C40 has a towing capacity of 1,800 pounds. Also good: A three-phase onboard charger is standard – the C40 should be able to charge up to 80 percent in 40 minutes. The official Range give the Swedes 420 kilometers according to WLTP.
Android infotainment and no leather in Volvo’s SUV coupe
Even if Volvo has not yet published any pictures of the interior, there are few surprises with the C40 Recharge. The press release praises the high seating position, which “the majority of all Volvo drivers want”. In addition, the C40 is the first Volvo model that completely without leather is offered. In addition to the normal trunk with 413 liters, the C40 has a “frunk” under the front hood due to its design, which offers a further 31 liters of storage space. The infotainment comes from the Polestar 2 and the XC40 Recharge, which means that Volvo also does this with the C40 Google developed Android system is used. The advantage: Various Google services are integrated directly into the system, and the voice assistant also works in the car. (Everyday test: the new Android operating system is really that good!)
New C40 Recharge is only available online
Volvo is breaking new ground in sales. With a vision for the future of electric power, the Swedes want the Make buying a car much easier. It starts with the C40 Recharge, the only available online will be. The electric SUV should be available in pre-selected equipment packages, which should make the complexity of the optional equipment clearer. In addition, the C40 Recharge comes with an Art Full service package distributed: This includes not only warranty and service, but also insurance and the possibility of charging. That sounds like a kind of car subscription, as the Swedes are already offering for the XC40 Recharge (from 699 euros per month). Production of the C40 Recharge starts in Autumn 2021 in Ghent, Belgium. The base price should be just above that of the XC40 Recharge, which currently starts at around 60,000 euros. Provided that Volvo is still offering the new model for classic purchase!