The first fully electric car to come out of Volvo will soon make its way to Australia as the brand begins its global shift to electrification.
Volvo has announced the fully electric 2021 XC40 Recharge Pure Electric small SUV will be available from $76,990 (before on-road costs) when it arrives in Australia in the third quarter of this year.
When it arrives it will be available in a single luxury-focused grade and will sit alongside the XC40 Recharge PHEV, which is a plug-in hybrid capable of around 45km of electric-only range.
The fully electric XC40 is capable of 418km (WLTP) on a single charge, thanks to a sizable 78kWh battery, a figure is about average for an EV SUV, and while the Hyundai Kona Electric can stretch a bit further with 484km of range (WLTP) it won’t offer the same level of luxury.
Buyers will also enjoy the standard fitment of all-wheel drive which adds a motor at the front and rear axle, developing a combined 300kW of power and 660Nn of torque.
Those figures will make it the fastest XC40 by some margin, with the 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine variant making 185kW/350Nm – but that model costs noticeably less with prices starting at $52,990 (before on-road costs) when you option all-wheel drive.
When driven in anger, the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric will accelerate from 0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds, matching the same time as a performance-focused Kia Stinger.
Once your battery runs out Volvo says you can recharge at speeds of up to 150kW, meaning you can top up the system from 0 to 80 per cent in around 40 minutes.
Some of the key advantages over the petrol version is the additional storage at the front with a small but still handy 31L storage capacity.
The XC40 Recharge Pure Electric is the first car to debut wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which is beamed up to a nine-inch touchscreen in the centre.
To ensure the EV SUV lives up to its premium promise, Volvo has fitted luxury leather accented seats along with a complex air cleaning system designed to keep the air free of pollutants.
The XC40 Recharge Pure Electric also includes niceties such as heated seats in the front and rear, a Harmon Kardon Premium Sound System, and a 360-degree camera.
Externally the EV differentiates itself with a blanked grille inserted for great aerodynamic efficiency matched with the and 20-inch alloy wheels.
All prices listed are before on-road costs.
T4 Momentum (FWD): $47,490
T4 Inscription (AWD): $52,990
T5 R-Design (AWD): $56,990
Recharge PHEV: $64,990
Recharge Pure Electric: $76,990
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