Volvo provides finally revealed its V40 successor – the electric-only, high-riding C40 Recharge
It’s taken a little while, yet Volvo has lastly replaced the V40 compact which went off purchase in 2019. Well, type of – the ‘C40 Recharge’ is a very different car towards the one it indirectly works.
As the title implies, it’s fully electric powered, and also the first Volvo-branded design to entirely eschew internal combustable. It’s also not a conventional C-segment hatchback either, along with much more of a crossover feel, apparently because customers is going to be after a lofty driving placement. We’re surprised Volvo did not follow the herd and contact this an ‘ XC40 Coupe’ or similar.
The other thing that pieces it apart from the old V40? It’s enormously fast. The only real powertrain available from release will be the same ‘P8’ dual-motor setup used in the XC40 Recharge, which is good for a reasonably silly 402bhp and 487lb ft of instant rpm. Mash your foot away from home pedal from rest, plus 62mph will arrive in merely a 4. 9 seconds. The top speed at the same time is limited to 112mph .
The engines are fed by a 75kWh battery pack which will give a selection of 261 miles (WLTP), as long as you’re not trying to perform 0-62mph in 4. 9sec every five minutes. The range will be better over time thanks to over-the-air improvements, Volvo says. Charging in the C40’s maximum input associated with 150kW, it’s possible in order to juice the battery through empty to 80 % in about 40 a few minutes.
For anyone not troubled about being able to give a VOLKS WAGEN Golf R an operate for its money away from the particular traffic lights, we believe there will be less powerful and therefore cheaper versions filling out the number at a later date. That’s a good thing because the expected starting price for your C40 T8 will be regarding £50, 000.
Inside, it’s much the same since the XC40 Recharge, Google Android infotainment system. We invested some time with a similar set up in the related Polestar 2 and were remaining impressed, even if it commits the cardinal sin associated with ditching the physical environment buttons and dials to get digital controls.
Production will start this Autumn at the Ghent, Belgium factory used to generate the XC40. UK transport may not begin until earlier 2022. It’ll be offered exclusively online.