Volvo has debuted its first all-electric SUV, the XC40 Recharge, in India. As the name suggests, it is an all-electric version of the XC40 SUV which is Volvo’s most affordable SUV in the country.
In terms of design, the XC40 Recharge looks similar to the standard IC powered SUV save for some small changes. The only visible change comes at the front as it gets a body panel instead of the concaved vertically slatted front grille. The side and rear profile remain unchanged except for a set of redesigned alloy wheels.
Similarly, on the inside, the cabin layout remains unchanged. The sole change comes in the form of the Google Android OS powered infotainment screen with Google services like Maps, Google Assistant and Google Play services. Other features are expected to remain similar including a dual-zone AC, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a panoramic sunroof, powered front seats and a Harman Kardon music system.
Safety features on offer should include multiple airbags, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, front collision mitigation system, lane-keep aid, tyre pressure monitoring system, hill launch assist and hill descent control.
The biggest change on the XC40 Recharge comes under the hood. The XC40 Recharge is powered by a dual-motor setup mounted on each axle making 408PS and 660Nm in total. It makes 218PS and 360Nm more than the 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine that makes 190PS and 300Nm paired to an 8-speed AT.
The XC40 Recharge draws power from a 78kWh battery pack that lends the SUV a single-charge range of 418km WLTP (World harmonized Light-duty vehicles Test Procedure). It also supports fast charging and can be juiced up from 0 to 80 per cent in 40 minutes.
Pre-launch bookings for the Volvo XC40 Recharge will start in June 2021 followed by the launch in October 2021. Volvo is expected to price the XC40 Recharge around Rs 60 lakh, around Rs 20 lakh more than the standard IC-powered SUV. At launch, the XC40 Recharge won’t have any direct rivals in India. Other premium electric SUVs launched or soon to be launched in India include Mercedes Benz EQC (launched), Jaguar I-Pace and Audi e-tron.