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Volvo released its second all-electric vehicle in India today, the C40 Recharge, following the XC40 Recharge, which debuted last year. The C40 Recharge will also go on sale in August, with bookings starting soon after and delivery beginning in September, according to the business.
What is outside of the C40 Recharge
Except for the rear, where the roofline has a coupe-like finish and a steeply sloped rear window, the C40 Recharge looks substantially similar to its SUV version. As a result, the tailgate and tail-lamp assembly have been completely redesigned. The tail-lamps are thinner and have a wider wraparound look, as well as new reverse lights and LED light elements that are fragmented towards the top – beside the windscreen – rather than the continuous strip featured on the XC40 Recharge. Unlike the SUV, the LEDs protrude into the tailboard, and the entire design gives the C40 Recharge a considerably wider stance in the rear.
There’s also a new two-part spoiler, one on the blacked-out boot lid and one on the roof with a unique twin-pod shape to improve aerodynamics. While the SUV’s bumper remains identical, the C40 Recharge’s rear appearance is much busier and sportier than the XC40 Recharge’s. Because of the sloping roofline, the windowline has also been somewhat modified.
The C40 Recharge’s headlamps with Thor’s hammer LED Daytime Running Lamps, front bumper and hood, door contouring, and dual-tone 19-inch alloy wheels remain identical from its SUV sister.
Inside the Volvo C40 Recharge
The inside design is traditional Volvo and, predictably, same to the XC40 Recharge. It continues with a 9.0-inch portrait-style touchscreen flanked by tiny AC vents, dashboard wood inlays, and a fully digital instrument cluster. The materials and fit and finish remain of the high quality that Volvo is known for.
In terms of technology, the C40 Recharge features an Android-based infotainment system with direct access to Google Maps and Assistant, as well as many apps from the PlayStore via an onboard e-SIM. A panoramic sunroof, wireless phone charging, a 360-degree camera, a full suite of sensor-based ADAS tech with autonomous driving, connected car tech, powered front seats with driver-side memory function and heating and cooling, dual-zone climate control, and a premium Harman Kardon sound system are also included.
However, the C40 Recharge’s boot size has been reduced from 452 litres to 413 litres, but the 31-litre trunk area has remained intact. Notably, Volvo claims that the C40’s interior is leather-free, in keeping with the brand’s goal of eliminating leather from all of its electric vehicles by 2025 in order to reduce animal cruelty and carbon emissions.
Powertrain of Volvo C40 Recharge
The underpinnings and powertrain arrangement are likewise the same as on the XC40 Recharge. The C40 Recharge in India is based on the CMA platform (Compact Modular Architecture) and features a dual-motor setup – one on each axle – with a 78kWh battery pack for a stated range of 530km on a single charge. The two electric motors provide all-wheel drive capability and create 408hp and 660Nm of torque when combined. The C40 Recharge features a 150kW DC charger that can charge its batteries from 0 to 100 percent in 33 minutes.
Volvo C40 Recharge rivals
The C40 Recharge will compete with the Kia EV6 and the Hyundai Ioniq 5 when it is released. It is projected to be priced slightly higher than its SUV version, which is currently priced at Rs 56.90 lakh ex-showroom. Although no electric coupe-SUVs are available in this price range, there are a few ICE coupe-SUVs available, such as the Audi Q3 Sportback and Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe.