New Delhi: On Tuesday, Volvo car has launched its new XC40 recharge first electric vehicle in India. At the Swedish carmaker’s Hosakote facility near Katakana’s Bengaluru, It is the first luxury electric vehicle to be assembled in India. All-New Volvo XC40 Recharge Electric SUV Launch1at Rs 55.90 Lakh, Ex-showroom. The launch comes a year after the Swedish brand first started bookings for the SUV last year and the company will start deliveries in October this year.
Features and specifications
The new Volvo XC40 Recharge will be available in single variant. The Volvo XC40 Recharge will be available with a twin-motor all-wheel drive (AWD) set-up as standard, and the two motors, with one on each axle. It can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in 4.9 seconds while its top speed is limited to 180 kmph. It is built on the same Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform that underlies the regular XC40 as well.
On the inside, you get to see a minimalistic approach in the cabin where a large touchscreen takes centre stage. A screen sists in the instrument binnacle as well and going with its environment 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 creature comforts, we’re only getting one P8 variant that comes equipped with LED headlights, dual-zone climate control, air purifier, panoramic sunroof, powered front seats, driver seat memory function, 9.0-inch touchscreen with in-built Google Assistant, Harman Kardon sound system, wireless smartphone integration and wireless charging among others. It is powered by two electric motors that make a combined output of 402 bhp and 660 Nm of peak torque.
The Swedish luxury electric SUV can be charged 0-80 percent in just 40 minutes with the help of a 150kW DC fast charger, while a standard 11kW AC charger takes about eight hours to juice it up. The XC40 Recharge packs a 78kWh lithium-ion battery. It is claimed that it can give a range of 418 km on a single charge (WLTP cycle). In terms of safety, you will get seven airbags, antilock braking system (ABS), traction and stability control, a tire pressure monitor system, 360-degree camera, hill descent control and a suite of advanced driver aids. ADAS functions include adaptive cruise control, front and rear collision mitigation, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.
Volvo has priced the new XC40 recharge quite keenly, keeping in mind the competition and the earlier estimated price of Rs 75 lakh. With this price tag, the XC40 Recharge’s closest rival is the Mini Cooper SE (priced at Rs 50.90 lakh), which includes the electric SUVs of the recently launched BMW i4 (priced at Rs 69.90 lakh) and Kia EV6 (priced at Rs 60-65 lakh). middle). though it should be noted that both the i4 and EV6 are larger in dimensions and have a higher claimed range. Volvo also plans to launch the C40 Recharge SUV-coupe in India next year.