> New fully-electric SUV based on XC40 Recharge P8
> Coupé styling and elevated seating position
> Two electric motors producing 402bhp and estimated range of 260 miles
> Only available to order online
> First deliveries early 2022 and prices expected to be between £50,000-£55,000
The most distinctive aspect of the C40 Recharge from the outside is its slopingcoupé-style roofline, giving it a much more streamlined appearance than the boxier X40 Recharge. The front end looks similar to the car it is based upon, using the same LEDs and closed off grille.
At the back the C40’s sporty design cues continue with a small spoiler and horizontal LEDs which run the length of the raked rear windscreen, before wrapping around the upper haunches of the car and framing the Volvo badge on the boot door.
In terms of dimensions it is as long and wide as its sister car – 4.4-metres and 2.0-metres respectively – but it is nearly 700mm shorter than the XC40 due to the sloping roofline. Despite appearing more like a sleek hatchback than a SUV, the driving position remains the same as that in the XC40 because Volvo says its customers prefer an advantageous view of the road.
Not much is known for sure about the interior of the C40 Recharge because Volvo has not released many details or pictures, but it is expected to be very similar to that of the XC40 Recharge. That means we can expect plenty of Scandi-style clean lines, brushed metals and high end materials, but Volvo has committed to not using any leather in the C40 Recharge.
We do know how big the boot will be though, and at 413-litres it’s around the same as a BMW X2, but it is complimented by a 31-litre ‘frunk’ at the front where the engine would normally be, taking the total to a healthy 444-litres.
Headroom in the back is reduced by 62mm over the XC40 Recharge due to the sloping roofline, which could prove to be an issue for taller passengers.
A Harmon Kardon sound system will take care of audio.
Unlike many rival manufacturers, Volvo farms out the business of infotainment to Google, which is great news if you’re already used to Android devices and Google Maps, which takes care of the sat nav. Over-the-air software updates will also be possible thanks to unlimited data for improved connectivity, and other apps like Google Play are included.
Assuming the same infotainment system found in the XC40 Recharge will find its way into the C40 Recharge – and from the pictures it will – the screen will be 9-inches in tablet style and will host a lot of basic functions, such as the climate control. The resolution of the system currently used in the XC40 Recharge is extremely sharp and the responsiveness is quick.
Powering the C40 Recharge is the same setup currently found in the Polestar 2 electric performance saloon, which uses two electric motors: one on each axle. Not only does this mean the C40 Recharge will be all-wheel drive but it will produce a total of 402bhp and 660Nm of torque.
The 0-62mph business is taken care of in just 4.9-seconds while the top speed is limited to 112mph, as is the new Volvo way.
Fitted with a 78kWh battery, Volvo promises a range of up to 261 miles, but it is keen to point out that it should improve in time thanks to over-the-air software updates. The C40 Recharge has a maximum charging capacity of 150kW, which means an 80% charge should be achievable in 40 minutes should you have access to the right charging point.
The Volvo C40 Recharge will only be available to order online, and production is set to start in Autumn 2021. It is expected orders will open in the summer but first customer deliveries won’t happen until early 2022. While Volvo has not announced the price yet, it is expected to cost around the same as the XC40 Recharge P8, so in between £50,000 and £55,000.