Volvo India has announced that its first all-electric model, the XC40 Recharge, will be locally assembled at the carmaker’s Hoskote plant near Bengaluru. The XC40 Recharge’s launch is slated for July 2022, and deliveries will begin from October this year.
Volvo India has been locally assembling almost all of its models, and the XC40 Recharge will be the latest to join the line-up. Other models include the flagship XC90, XC60, XC40 and S90 sedan. It is only the S60 sedan that comes to India as a full import.
The XC40 Recharge shares its Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) underpinnings with the regular SUV, and, as such, retains most of its design with minor stylistic touches — like the blanked-off grille — marking it out as the greener alternative. It will also come well loaded with features such as a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, panoramic sunroof, hands-free function for the tailgate, two-zone climate control and Android-powered touchscreen infotainment system.
Being a Volvo, the XC40 Recharge will be high on safety with seven airbags, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitor, cross traffic alert, 360-degree camera, auto parking, lane keep assist and more.
The XC40 Recharge comes with an all-wheel drive set-up, thanks to two 204hp electric motors putting out a combined 408hp and 660Nm of torque. The EV is capable of a 0-100kph sprint of 4.9sec, and has a limited top speed of 180kph. A 78kWh under-floor battery pack means that the electric XC40 can cover a claimed 418km on a single charge, as per the European WLTP test cycle.
Upon launch, the XC40 Recharge is not expected to have any direct rivals, but will significantly undercut prices of all other luxury EVs that are imported to India.