Numerous technical developments for the C40 and XC40 Recharge, which benefit in particular from a variant with a larger battery.
The C40 Recharge and the XC40 Recharge, Volvo’s compact electric SUVs, have completely revised their technical offer. The two-wheel drive versions are no longer traction, but propulsion.
The basic version sees its power increase slightly, from 170 to 175 kW, or 238 hp. It keeps a 69 kWh battery but improvements to cooling efficiency help increase range. The cheapest XC40 thus announces up to 460 km in the WLTP mixed cycle, against 425 km before. For the C40 coupe version, we go from 438 to 476 km.
But there is better for those who want more autonomy. Volvo offers a new Recharge Extended Range variant with an 82 kWh battery, featuring a 185 kW (252 hp) permanent magnet electric unit placed on the rear axle. With this battery, the XC40 announces 514 km in the WLTP combined cycle, the C40 is 533 km.
The four-wheel drive version remains at 408 cumulative hp maximum. But engines change. There used to be a 150 kW unit on each axle. There is now a block of 117 kW at the front and one of 183 kW at the rear, the latter having the distinction of having been developed in-house.
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The all-wheel-drive version has the 82 kWh battery and also benefits from improvements in battery cooling. The XC40 Recharge Twin can now travel up to 500 km on a single charge, 62 km more than the previous generation. The autonomy of the C40 increases from 451 to 507 km.
Another development: fast charging times are accelerated on the two most powerful versions, because they can charge up to 200 kW against 150 kW before.
Prices have been revised upwards. The entry ticket to the XC40 is with the Extended Range version, as it is the only one associated with the basic Essential level. It costs €48,950. But the Volvo network applies a small discount to bring it under €47,000 and allow customers to have the €5,000 bonus. The C40 Recharge is available from €54,050.