Volvo C40 Recharge
It looks sleeker than the XC40 Recharge

Volvo has unveiled its new electric vehicle, the C40 Recharge compact luxury SUV, which it says is its first model to be designed as a pure electric vehicle.

Sporting a sleeker design with a coupe roofline, the car is based on the CMA platform and upfront, the Volvo C40 Recharge has a sharper profile than the XC40 Recharge.

While the grille section and the bonnet remain the same, the headlights are new and so is the bumper. Along the sides, the C40 Recharge has a coupe-esque roofline, a different window section as well as new alloy wheels.

The rear of the Volvo C40 Recharge features striking split tail lights that run up to the roof, a boot lid spoiler, and a deep bumper.

Inside, the electric luxury compact SUV has a digital instrument cluster, a touchscreen infotainment system based on the Android operating system developed by Google and regular Volvo switchgear.

Apart from having in-built Google apps and services, the C40 Recharge will receive over-the-air (OTA) software updates, as is the case with EVs these days. The carmaker claims this EV is the first Volvo model to be completely leather-free.

Featuring a 78 kWh battery pack, the car has an 150 kW electric motor on each axle. Combined, they make 408 HP at 13,900 RPM and 660 Nm of torque up to 4350 RPM.

Despite weighing about 2185 kg, the Volvo C40 Recharge can do the 0-100 km/hr sprint in 4.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 180 km/hr.

Maximum claimed range that the car can do on a single charge is 420 km (WLTP). Volvo says this range will improve over time through OTA software updates.

When connected to a 150 kW DC charger, the battery pack can be charged to 80 percent in 40 minutes. However, that time increases to 8 hours (up to 100 percent) when the battery is charged through a 11 kW AC charger.

To be available only online, the C40 Recharge will also come with a convenient care package that includes items such as service, warranty, roadside assistance, as well as insurance and home charging options.

Set to go into production by end of September, the EV will be built alongside the XC40 Recharge at the Volvo Cars manufacturing plant in Ghent, Belgium.

Instrument Cluster
Google-based services will be offered as standard
It retains the familiar interior layout
Side Profile
Also has a large glass roof
Rear Profile
Apart from having a boot with over 400 litres of space, there is a small 31-litre frunk as well
Volvo C40 Recharge Front
Volvo might bring this model to India, considering the XC40 Recharge will be launched here this year