2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge Electric Launched At Rs 55.90 Lakh In India: Check Top Features, Variants & More

The electric SUV XC40 Recharge has been launched by Volvo India in the Indian market and is priced around Rs. 55.90 lakh. 

The Indian launch comes after a year that the bookings were first open for the brand. Buyers can expect the deliveries around October this year. 

It was due to the semiconductor chip shortage which led to the launch postponement, otherwise the electric SUV was to arrive as a locally assembled model in 2021.

Pricing, Positioning, Looks

When it terms to the pricing, then the Volvo XC40 Recharge which is being offered in a single variant, is placed just just below the Kia EV6 and larger electric SUVs such as the Jaguar I-Pace, Audi e-tron and Mercedes EQC.

As compared to Kia EV6, Volvo XC40 Recharge is around 270 mm shorter and around 220 mm narrower.

The Volvo XC40 Recharge isn’t a ground-up new electric vehicle, with the SUV sitting on the same CMA platform as its conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) sibling. 

The major difference aesthetically between the current XC40 and the new Recharge is the front end that sports a new Piano black cladding instead of the radiator grille.

The current XC40 which is being sold in India is yet to receive the facelift whereas the new Volvo XC40 Recharge already has it.

It is in the new front bumper that the most notable changes are housed. As compared to the rectangular units of the standard model, the new one has more angular headlamps.

The signature Thor’s hammer LED DRLs have been retained in the new model as well.

Moving on to the inside, the cabin has a minimalistic approach wherein the large touchscreen takes centre stage.

A screen sists in the instrument binnacle as well and going with its environment friendly nature, Volvo doesn’t offer leather upholstery. Instead, the cabin is finished with recycled materials, including the seat fabric and carpet upholstery.

Comfort, Safety & Battery

In terms of creature comforts, we’re only getting one P8 variant that comes equipped with LED headlights, dual-zone climate control, air purifier, panoramic sunroof, powered front seats, driver seat memory function, 9.0-inch touchscreen with in-built Google Assistant, Harman Kardon sound system, wireless smartphone integration and wireless charging among others.

When it comes to the safety, there are seven airbags, antilock braking system (ABS), traction and stability control, a tyre pressure monitor system, 360-degree camera, hill descent control and a suit of Advanced Driver Aids.

ADAS functions include adaptive cruise control, front and rear collision mitigation, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert among others.

Speaking of the battery powering the car, there is an underfloor mounted 79 kWh battery pack as standard. Volvo claims a range of around 418 km on a full charge and says that the battery pack supports fast charging and can be recharged from 10 per cent to 80 per cent in just about 28 minutes.

The car shall be available with a twin-motor all-wheel drive (AWD) set-up as standard, and the two motors, with one on each axle.

Total system output is rated at 402 bhp and 660 Nm of peak torque with Volvo claiming a 0-100 kph run in just 4.9 seconds. 

Though there are no drive modes, one gets to control the steering feedback as per one’s liking. There is one pedal mode which sets the regen braking to maximum.

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