Competes with: BMW i3, Lexus NX 300h, Tesla Mannequin three, Tesla Mannequin Y (ultimately)

Seems to be like: An XC40 with a plastic cowl the place the grille ought to be

Drivetrains: Twin-motor, battery-electric all-wheel drive powertrain producing a claimed 402 horsepower (408 outdoors of the U.S.) and 487 pounds-feet of torque; vary is “over 400 kilometers” primarily based on European testing and Volvo predicts roughly 200 miles of vary within the U.S.

Hits dealerships: 2020

Volvo revealed its all-electric XC40 Recharge right this moment — the Swedish automaker’s first all-electric car — as a part of a push towards a extra sustainable future, and it looks as if a strong, if cautious, first step.

Associated: Volvo’s Getting All Charged Up About Electrical XC40

Starting with the XC40 Recharge, Volvo plans on launching an all-electric car yearly as a part of making all-electric automobiles half of its gross sales by 2025 and changing into a climate-neutral firm by 2040. Volvo chief Hakan Samuelsson mentioned Volvo’s plan was to make sustainability as synonymous with the Volvo model as security at the moment is.

Beginning with the XC40 and never making the XC40 Recharge a radical visible departure from the much-lauded small SUV is an effective plan, and getting in forward of the anticipated Tesla Mannequin Y small SUV may also assist bolster the XC40 Recharge’s place because the tip of Volvo’s Recharge lineup plans: Starting in early 2020, buyers will likely be requested on the “entrance” to Volvo’s client web site if they need a automotive “with a twine” — the XC40 Recharge and the plug-in hybrid variations of Volvo’s different autos — or with out one.

Exterior

The XC40 Recharge doesn’t look a lot completely different from its inside combustion sibling. Essentially the most important visible clue that it’s electrical is the substitute of the open grille choices — blacked-out plastic or vertical steel slats — with a strong panel sporting the Volvo badge. A extra refined change would be the embossed “Recharge” on the C-pillar in the identical location because the common XC40’s trim stage.



2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge

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Inside

There are additionally few modifications to the inside from a visible standpoint. The most important distinction would be the XC40 Recharge’s new infotainment system, powered by Android; it should permit for over-the-air updates and absolutely combine Google apps like Maps and Assistant. The over-the-air replace plan is a part of Volvo’s push for sustainability; the hope is that a consistently up to date multimedia system retains the XC40 Recharge feeling trendy and makes it much less possible for patrons to need or really feel the necessity for a brand new car.

Beneath the Hood

A frunk! Get it!? As a result of there’s no combustion engine anymore!? So now it’s simply storage!? C’mon, “frunk” is a humorous phrase. Anyway …

Energy is generated from a 78 kilowatt-hour battery pack that powers two electrical motors, one entrance and one rear, driving all 4 wheels. Whole system output for the XC40 Recharge will likely be 402 horsepower and 487 pounds-feet of torque. Volvo claims the XC40 Recharge will go from zero-to-62 mph in four.9 seconds.

A full cost ought to internet what Volvo says is 200 miles of driving vary. The automaker additionally says that with DC quick charging, the battery can attain an 80 % cost in 40 minutes.

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Security

Security has at all times been a precedence for Volvo autos, and the XC40 Recharge is not any completely different. With the elimination of the inner combustion engine from the entrance, Volvo considerably bolstered the car’s body to mitigate the results of a frontal collision. The rear motor can also be built-in into the physique construction to enhance crash security. The battery pack will get a particular “cage” to guard the batteries in case of impression whereas additionally working to assist shield occupants. Volvo additionally factors out that the low and central location of the battery pack lowers the XC40 Recharge’s middle of gravity and reduces the danger of rollovers.

The XC40 Recharge comes outfitted with a what Volvo calls a “scalable” active-safety system. The Superior Driver Help System makes use of cameras, sensors and radar and might be up to date as software program and applied sciences enhance — just like Teslas. Based on Volvo, it “lays the muse for the long run introduction of autonomous drive know-how.”

The flexibility to replace and enhance among the security options of the XC40 Recharge works hand in hand with the infotainment system’s over-the-air updates to encourage homeowners to carry on to their automobiles longer.

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Brian Normile handles the scheduling and logistics for press autos in Chicago and through our multivehicle challenges. He nonetheless drives his first automotive, a 1997 Toyota 4Runner. E-mail Brian

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