Volvo as a brand has usually been associated with practical and extremely safe SUVs and cars. But, contrary to pop culture, Volvo has made quite a few great sporty cars and a handful of stunning coupes over its illustrious past that spans nearly a century. However, apart from some coupe-style concepts, the Swedish automaker’s last production coupe was the 2-door C40 based on the V40 hatchback. Volvo pulled the plug on the model in 2013. But a new coupe from Volvo has finally arrived and it promises to be nothing like before.
Volvo is moving in the electric direction like most global automakers. The XC40 Recharge was the first battery-electric vehicle that has been on sale around the world for a couple of years.
The ‘Recharge’ suffix would be used by Volvo moving forward to denote the model is a pure battery electric vehicle. In March 2021, Volvo took the wraps off the 2022 C40 Recharge reviving the name with a crossover coupe designed for the modern world. So we take a closer look as to what makes the C40 Recharge special.
Volvos Of Now And Future
Volvo Cars have committed to an electric and carbon-neutral future. By 2025, Volvo aims to have half its global car sales to be pure-electric. The remaining would switch to hybrid powertrains. The Swedish automaker will introduce a new electric vehicle every year from 2022. By 2030, the brand will transition to become an all-electric car manufacturer. Additionally, the company is looking to ambitiously be entirely carbon neutral by 2040.
While the XC40 Recharge is the brand’s first-ever battery electric vehicle, the C40 Recharge is the first-ever model by Volvo specifically designed to be an all-electric vehicle.
C40 Recharge: The First Of Many
The C40 Recharge bears a striking resemblance to the XC40. That is because it is primarily based on the same CMA platform underpinnings and overall design.
Building on the XC40’s youthful and elegant styling, Volvo has given the 2022 C40 some design touches to allow its first-ever battery electric-only model to stand apart from the rest of the range. At the front, the C40 Recharge has the brand’s signature look. But the intricacies in the styling introduce a new face to all battery-electric Volvos. The revised LED headlights feature the automaker’s new “Pixel-Technology”.
The elephant in the room is of course the rear styling. Unlike the XC40, the four-door battery-electric compact crossover features a sloping roofline. Of course, it gets all the Volvo signatures like the elongated C-shaped LED taillights, a revised rear bumper, and the split-tone paint job. Even the wheels have been revised on the C40 Recharge. The quirkiest design element on the C40 Recharge is of course the double spoiler design, neatly integrated on the roof and the ducktail tip of the trunk lid.
Under the floor is a 78kWh battery that will power two electric motors driving all four wheels. The C40 Recharge is anticipated to offer close to 420kms of driving range on a single charge. Using a fast charger, Volvo claims it can also replenish its battery to 80% charge in about 40 minutes.
C40 Recharge: The Future Of Car Interiors
A further step towards being sustainable, Volvo will move to offer models that have leather-free interiors. The C40 Recharge will be the first to do so.
Although the C40’s cabin design is in line with all modern generation Volvos, particularly the XC40. Much of the 2022 C40’s interior upholstery like the seats, carpets, and trims are made from recycled PET bottles. A sustainable material Volvo has been working on for some time.
As for the tech, the vehicle will run on Google-based OS with Google Apps in-built from the factory. It will support Android Auto along with Apple CarPlay. Additionally, it will be compatible with Over-The-Air (OTA) updates.
C40 Recharge: Redefining The Automobile
The C40 Recharge is now being manufactured at Volvo’s facility in Ghent, Belgium. While Volvo has paved the way to automotive safety in the past, one would argue it is a little late to the Electric Vehicle party. However, Volvo long gave up on cars solely running on the internal combustion engine and most Volvos are available in hybrid forms too.
But wait, there’s more! The C40 Recharge will only be sold online. Volvo has been looking to change the traditional automotive retail structure with subscription plans and complete digital sales platforms. The electric SUV-coupe would be the first car from the brand to be available only on its website in select markets globally.
The C40 Recharge is only the first step into the sustainable future Volvo is paving the way towards. While it may not have pioneered the modern EV, the brand’s vision and the steps it is taking to be sustainable could definitely change the game.
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