Volvo’s new XC40 Recharge Pure Electric will soon launch in Australia with a 400km-plus range and standard premium equipment.
Pricing starts at $76,990 before on-road costs. This is on par with electric rivals including Tesla Model 3 Long Range and Mercedes-Benz EQA 250.
Powering the model is a pair of electric motors and a 78kWh lithium-ion battery which combine to develop 300kW and 660Nm, enabling a 4.9-second sprint from zero to 100km/h – making it the fastest-accelerating Volvo for sale in Australia.
150kW DC fast charging enables a zero to 80 percent charge in 40 minutes.
Standard premium equipment includes a 9-inch infotainment touchscreen running Volvo’s new Android Automotive-based operating system. Other equipment includes 20-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, LED headlights, keyless entry, leather-accented seat trim, heated front and rear seats, and wireless phone charging.
There’s also dual-zone climate control, a Harman Kardon premium sound system, 360-degree camera, front and rear parking sensors, hands-free electric tailgate, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and power-folding exterior mirrors with auto-dimming.
Additional equipment includes sports suspension, aluminium interior inlays, front and rear carpet mats, and power-folding rear headrests.
Simply styled and well proportioned, it demonstrates that Volvo’s chunky aesthetics is seamlessly suited to the modern SUV. The car feels bigger than it looks when on the road.
The Volvo XC40 Recharge is characterised by very straightforward design details with clean, Scandinavian-inspired design, and safety all be foregrounded by the move to EVs.
Because a grill is no longer needed, the front face is closed for a cleaner design language.
Aerodynamic experts in the design department streamlined the car for minimal drag and sleeker performance.
carpet formed out of recycled PET plastic bottles.
Recharge is the first Volvo SUV on a pure electric platform, with completely flat floors and much expanded interior space.
All new Volvos will share XC40 recharge’s minimalist approach from the pared back front logo through to the Scandi-style living room interior.
True to the company’s new ethos, the XC40 eschews such fripperies as adaptable suspension or sports mode.
It’s all about simplicity. With the key in your pocket, there isn’t even a start button to push. It does away with a conventional, highly visible range indicator and by default shows you only the percentage of battery you have left.
Standard safety features include forward and reverse autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-centring assist (enabling semi-autonomous driving on freeways), blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic parking, hill-start assist, and hill-descent control.
A five-year/unlimited-kilometre vehicle warranty is standard, joined by three-year/100,000km service wear and tear, and eight-year roadside assistance plan.
Volvo is currently involved in more initiatives than most companies manage in a decade. These include a plan to de-carbonise the entire supply chain and a commitment to ethically sourced materials.
As a carmaker, Volvo have a responsibility to act. By reducing emissions across their entire value chain, they’re aiming to become climate-neutral company by 2040, in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement.
Every new Volvo car launched from 2019 onwards will have an electric motor. Volvo want 50 percent of their annual car sales to be all-electric by 2025, with the remainder consisting of hybrids.
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