Volvo is making a lot of new today. Following up from an announcement they’re going all-electric by 2030, the brand is debuting its first pure EV model. The new C40 Recharge may be “all new,” but it’s effectively an XC40 Recharge with less headroom.
One does not have to be a Volvo enthusiast to tell the C40 is a lot like the XC40. The styling is largely the same from the belt line down. Sure, there’s some subtle differences in the plastic components, but largely all of the sheet metal is the same as the XC40. Where things divert is in the greenhouse. The C40 is basically a coupe SUV, highlighted by its coupe-like roofline versus the more mainstream styling of the XC40.
The similarities between the two do not stop with exterior styling. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the C40 Recharge is using the same battery-electric powertrain that’s found in the XC40 Recharge. This means there’s a 78-kWh battery pack supplying power two a dual-motor AWD layout. The total power output rests at 402 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque. The C40 will see about 210 (420 km) miles of range, less than the XC40 Recharge. Oddly, the steeper slope on the roofline doesn’t appear to have any favorable impacts on the car’s overall efficiency.
Like the XC40, the C40 also features a front trunk space that features just over 1 cubic foot of cargo space. The “frunk” is an unusual find on a vehicle that’s based on an internal combustion engine architecture, so kudus to Volvo for that added perk.
Volvo will commence production of U.S.-bound C40 Recharge this fall at its Ghent, Belgium. The company plans to deploy five more EV’s by mid-decade.