The Volvo XC40 Recharge, their first electric vehicle in India was supposed to launch last year. Even though Volvo had commenced pre-bookings for the car, the launch was postponed due to the semiconductor shortage. Now that the car has been listed on their official website, the launch is imminent.
Volvo XC40 Recharge Price
The XC40 Recharge is priced at Rs. 75 lakh which is almost double compared to its ICE counterpart. Sold as a single variant, the petrol-powered XC40 T4 is priced at Rs. 43.25 lakh. Even though 75 lakhs sound expensive, it happens to be the cheapest luxury electric SUV in India. The closest competitor is the Mercedes-Benz EQC which starts from Rs. 99.5 lakh.
Volvo XC40 Recharge battery specs
Powering the XC40 Recharge is a 78 kWh battery and a dual electric motor setup. It can produce 408 hp and 660 Nm of peak torque. The anticipated range is around 418 km, which seems sufficient for multiple activities. Their 150 kW DC fast charging technology can go from 0-80 % charge in 40 minutes. The sprint time from 0-100 kmph is 4.9 seconds with a top speed of 180 kmph.
You don’t see much difference between the regular XC40 and XC40 Recharge design-wise. They also share the same Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) underneath. The only major difference is the white panel covering the front grille, the new 19-inch alloy wheels and the ‘Recharge’ badges stuck on the sides.
Interior and Features
The cabin is identical to the regular XC40 but Volvo has decided to go leather free for the XC40. In fact, all their EVs from now on will be completely leather-free. It has features such as a 12-inch instrument cluster, 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system, powered front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, panoramic sunroof, wireless phone charger and more.
Volvo’s are known for their high tech safety, and the XC40 doesn’t fall short. They provide the XC40 recharge with 7 airbags, hill ascent/descent control, adaptive cruise control, tyre pressure monitor, 360-degree camera, auto parking, blind spot assist, lane keep assist, road sign recognition and more.
The regular XC40 is already their second best seller in India. The addition of XC40 Recharge to their current lineup will definitely up their sales. With no direct competitor, it goes against premium EVs such as the Mercedes-Benz EQC, Audi e-tron, Jaguar I-Pace and the upcoming BMW iX.
1. Is Volvo a German car brand?
No, Volvo is a Swedish car brand owned by the Chinese automotive company Geely Holdings.
2. Which models does Volvo sell in India?
Along with the XC40, Volvo sells the S60, S90, XC60 and XC90 models in India.
3. Does Volvo sell its Polestar models in India?
No, the Polestar cars are not available in India. They only sell in select few countries.