RE: Volvo reveals 408hp C40 Recharge

RE: Volvo reveals 408hp C40 Recharge

Tuesday 2nd March

Volvo reveals 408hp C40 Recharge

Volvo says it will now go all-electric by 2030, as well as online only - the C40 points the way forward



With a 2021 new car bingo card, the Volvo C40 Recharge would surely get you a full house. Electric? Check - it won't ever have a combustion engine. Swoopy SUV design? Of course. Leather-free interior? Tick. Android operating system? As if you had to ask. Online only sales? Bingo!

Joking aside, the C40 Recharge represents a far more significant product launch than the usual electric SUV reveal. Volvo softened the ground for its unveiling by confirming that all its cars will be electric by 2030. In addition to that, from now on all the EVs from Volvo - starting with the C40 - will only be available to buy online. Meaning we're less than a decade away, in theory, from all new Volvo sales happening virtually.

The logic is simple, believes Volvo: "We want to offer our customers peace of mind and a care-free way of having a Volvo, by taking away complexity while getting and driving the car. Simplification and convenience are key to everything we do", said Lez Kerssemakers, Volvo's Head of Global Commercial operations. The premium electric sector is the fastest growing segment out there and Volvo wants to be a leader in it; with the past year having proved the relevance of an online sales model, it isn't hard to see how the pieces fell into place. The existing Care by Volvo subscription model will be expanded to offer a "complete convenient customer offering", with buyers set to choose from a range of pre-configured electric models for "simple and convenient ordering and quick delivery." Sounds so easy, right?


As for the car itself, much of it is familiar, from the CMA platform that's seen across the Volvo range to an exterior design clearly inspired by the Polestar 2. The C40 will be powered by a 78kWh battery and two electric motors, sufficient for 408hp and 487lb ft - exactly the same as the Polestar saloon and the XC40 Recharge. Like all Volvos, the C40 is limited to a 112mph top speed, with 62mph coming up in 4.9 seconds. Current range estimates suggest a WLTP maximum of 261 miles, a little way off the 2's claimed 292, though over-the-air updates are expected to improve that with time. DC charging of up to 150kw will also be possible in the C40.

As well as identical powertrains, both XC40 and C40 are similarly sized, the new car coming in at 4431mm long, 1582mm high and 2035mm wide including mirrors. The look is redolent of the Mustang Mach-E, but the Volvo is substantially shorter - think more along the lines of a slightly shorter Jaguar I-Pace in terms of scale. The very impressive Android-based infotainment as seen in the XC40 and Polestar 2 will also be standard equipment. Notable from the release is the mention of a high seating position "that most Volvo drivers prefer" and a completely leather-free interior.

"The C40 Recharge represents the future of Volvo and shows where we are going," said Henrik Green, chief technology officer. "It is fully electric, offered online only with a convenient care package and will be available for quick delivery. Getting a new Volvo was never this attractive." The new car is going to be built alongside the XC40 Recharge in Ghent, and production will commence in the autumn. Given the more conventional SUV costs ยฃ60k in Britain, it seems likely that the lower, sleeker, sportier version might carry a premium. Get ready for (online) orders to open in a few months.








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Andrewph75

Original Poster:

32 posts

115 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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Just wondering if there's ever been a less sporting car with more than 400hp?

SidewaysSi

8,712 posts

198 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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Wow I love it. The future of cars looks amazing.

Get rid of the bloody dealers too.

u9ge

52 posts

23 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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Ever more proof that ICE will soon be gone from the white goods end of the car market, fingers crossed manufacturers will find an interesting and compelling niche between these and anyone adding hypercar performance to anything where 2,000hp of motors can be added, (& fingers crossed this kills the dealer network trying to charge me £700 for a door lock for my XC90).

rwindmill

258 posts

122 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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449 bhp.............................Very unsporting!!

Oh remember how we all laughed, at the ridiculous notion of a 'Sporty Off road vehicle'.

Who would have thought Lamborghini were such visionaries.

Filibuster

1,739 posts

179 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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I actually like the look of this.... boxedin

It would look better, and would still be high enough, if it was about 30-50mm lower tough!

MOBB

2,608 posts

91 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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I'm considering a Polestar 2 to replace my Tesla soon, also considered the XC40 P8 which has the same underpinnings AIUI

I quite liked the idea of a small SUV that no-one would expect to go like stink, and the reviews are great.

But £60k - I cant get my head round that, when the Polestar is £5k to £10k cheaper and seems to have similar kit, plus Ohlins, Brembo etc.

And the C40 will be more expensive still.....................

AndrewNR

129 posts

86 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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Can't wait until 2027 when every car does 0-60 in <4 seconds

cc3

655 posts

80 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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Sadly not a looker. One of their poorer designs I feel

TinyMonster

171 posts

2 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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AndrewNR said:
Can't wait until 2027 when every car does 0-60 in <4 seconds
Can you *imagine* how awful busy roundabouts are going to be in that world?

PH User

17,331 posts

72 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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I can't decide if that car is bland or ugly

Mr_Sukebe

278 posts

172 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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Are we now at the stage where the look of these is so alike, that we stop calling them SUVs and use the name E-Blob. Seems more fitting.

dukeboy749r

1,289 posts

174 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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For a company that is keen to limit anyone driving its vehicles to 112mph and their focus on being a safe/comfortable/sharp end of innovation - why the need for 400bhp, versus say 300 mile (plus) range?

SidewaysSi

8,712 posts

198 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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Cars are the new mobile phones.

AndrewNR

129 posts

86 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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PH User said:
I can't decide if that car is bland or ugly
I'm going bland, but less bland than a Tesla.

PhantomPH

3,678 posts

189 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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Am I the only person who things that 'online only' only benefits the supplier? Maybe this is my inner dinosaur coming out, but I've never bought a car where I have accepted the first price/finance deal. I know with online only everyone gets the same deal, but it just feels a bit alien to me.

Another thing I have to get used to, I suppose. smile

reeventu

67 posts

152 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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If it is only available online and there are no dealers I guess that the part exchange haggling is no longer available. Basically it seems this is the price take it or leave it , and its up to you what you do with your old car.
also what about checking the car actually suits you , comfort , seating , controls , driving etc , etc.

jorders500

69 posts

53 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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I always thought PH was a forum for car enthusiasts. Surely this thing is more suited to Practical Housekeeping.


Ray_Aber

197 posts

240 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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Not good. Dumpy, on stilts, with a dreary colour in the pictures. I much prefer the XC40 and Polestar 2.

Ah well. Where's that Ioniq 5? Now THERE's an attractive car!

SidewaysSi

8,712 posts

198 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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reeventu said:
If it is only available online and there are no dealers I guess that the part exchange haggling is no longer available. Basically it seems this is the price take it or leave it , and its up to you what you do with your old car.
also what about checking the car actually suits you , comfort , seating , controls , driving etc , etc.
It's an electric car - a lot of that won't mean much in a few years.

nunpuncher

2,063 posts

89 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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People who buy performance cars don't want a Volvo soft roader even if it has 400bhp+. And people who buy a car just for transport would no doubt rather have a higher range than 200bhp more than they will ever use.