Volvo launched the XC40 SUV in India in 2018 and updated it for BS6 in December 2019. Now, at the digital unveiling of the S60 sedan, Volvo has confirmed that it will launch the electric version of the XC40 in India called the XC40 Recharge. It is the brand’s first-ever all-electric car which debuted globally in 2019.
The XC40 Recharge is powered a set of 150kW electric motors mounted on each axle. They have a combined power output of 408PS and 660Nm of torque. The electric motors draw power from a floor-mounted 78 kWh battery pack that is capable of offering a claimed range of more than 400km (WLTP). Volvo claims that the XC40 Recharge can be juiced up to 80 per cent from 0 in just 40 minutes using a 150kW DC charger while it takes up to 7.5 hours to charge up to 100 per cent using a 7.5kW charger. Volvo claims the XC40 Recharge can go from 0-100kmph in 4.9 seconds before hitting a top speed of 180kmph.
Globally, the XC40 Recharge is offered with a hybrid powertrain as well but it is not expected to make way to the India-spec model.
In terms of design, the XC40 Recharge looks similar to standard SUV but with some EV specific updates including a plastic trim element replacing the vertically slated front grille. Similarly, on the inside, the cabin layout remains unchanged. That said, the electric SUV gets Volvo’s new Android-powered infotainment system with connected car tech.
Other features are expected to remain similar to the standard XC40. It gets a digital instrument cluster, two-zone climate control, air purifier, powered front seats, LED headlamps, panoramic sunroof, auto-dimming IRVM and a Harman Kardon sound system. Safety features on offer include 7 airbags, adaptive cruise control, front collision mitigation system, lane-keeping aid, parking camera, front and rear parking sensors, hill launch assist and hill descent control.
Volvo is expected to manufacture the XC40 Recharge in India like the XC90 Plug-in Hybrid which is being assembled at the brand’s factory in Banglore, Karnataka. It is expected to be priced at a substantial premium over the standard SUV which is priced from Rs 39.90 lakh (ex-showroom India). At launch, the XC40 Recharge won’t have any direct rivals in India.