All-electric Volvo C40 Recharge India debut on 14 June

Gajanan Kashikar Published: June 02, 2023, 09:12 AM IST

Volvo India will introduce the new all-electric C40 Recharge in India next month. According to media reports, the Swedish automaker will debut the EV on 14 June, 2023. Arrived in 2021, the C40 Recharge is a derivative of the brand's first electric vehicle (EV), the XC40 Recharge, which Volvo already offers in the market.

2023 Volvo C40 Recharge: Range, battery, and power outputs

With the most recent model year update, Volvo brought back rear-wheel drive versions of the XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge in its line-up after 25 years. For the C40 Recharge, the carmaker offers a choice of two RWD trims and an AWD version in other markets. The base RWD trim comes with a 69kWh battery linked to an electric motor that makes 238PS and has an improved WLTP range of up to 476km, thanks to enhancements in cooling system, says Volvo. A 130kW DC charger can recharge it from 10 to 80 per cent in a claimed 34 minutes.

Another more powerful and extended range new RWD variant comes powered by a larger 82kWh battery pack paired with a 252PS electric motor. It boasts a WLTP range of up to 533km. This model features an upgraded charging system of 200kW from the previous 150kW. With this, it can now charge from 10 to 80 per cent in a claimed 28 minutes.

Further, Volvo has upgraded the AWD setup on the C4 Recharge, which now comprises a 249PS motor on the rear axle and 159PS motor on the front axle. The motors are coupled to an 82kWh battery. With improved battery cooling, the C40 Recharge Twin Motor AWD can now travel 507km (WLTP). The previous model has a WLTP range of 451km. Volvo, in its statement, added that the new set of 19-inch improves efficiency, while reducing drag. Meanwhile, we expect Volvo India to offer the top-spec RWD variant of the EV.

2023 Volvo C40 Recharge: Design and interior

The C40 Recharge measures 4,440mm in length, 1,910mm in width, and 1,591mm height, with a wheelbase of 2,702mm. It carries the more or less the same overall design as its sibling; the XC40 Recharge. However, the biggest difference between the two is in their roof as the C40 Recharge gets coupe-style sloping roofline.

Being an EV, the C40 Recharge sports leather free interior, including recycled carpets. The key interior highlights include a nine-inch Google-powered touchscreen infotainment system, a 12-inch driver display, a 13-speaker, 600-watt, Harman Kardon sound system, an air purifier, and a fixed panoramic glass roof.

Other features include ADAS, 360deg camera, hands-free powered tailgate, wireless phone charging, hill start assist, TPMS, two-zone climate control, and front, curtain, side, and driver knee airbags, among others. Notably, the electric coupe has received a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP. The India-bound model is likely to come with similar features.

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