Volvo C40 electric coupe-crossover reportedly arriving 2021 [Update]

Update – CarMag South Africa had an opportunity to speak to Alexander Petrofski, vice-president Vice President of Large Cars at Volvo about new products. Speaking about the next-gen XC90, Petrofski said that Volvo’s strategy is clear and that all future vehicles would be available as pure EVs. By the time the next-gen XC90 is launched, the market demand for this type of variant would be reflected, he says, but customers won’t be alienated by the company’s serious push for electrification.

In countries like India which aspires to see more electric cars but does not have the charging infrastructure, the new XC90, like now, would come with a hybrid powertrain. Expect the pure electric range of the plug-in hybrid to go up from today’s 46 km. A diesel variant, writes, is not to be expected, when the new XC90 launches sometime in 2022.

May 13, 2020 –

Volvo XC100 to be the sloped-roof version of the new XC90

Besides the C40 electric (that is discussed later in this story) Volvo will be launching the fully-electric XC100 Recharge that is expected to be unveiled in 2023 and will follow an SUV-Coupe body style. has reported that the Volvo XC100 Recharge will be built on Volvo’s SPA2 platform which will support fully electric powertrains. Volvo’s current flagship model, XC90 will spawn a new-generation next year also underpinned by the SPA2 architecture. The all-new XC90 will preview the new design language for the XC100 and will launch in gasoline-powered, hybrid and fully-electric versions. The current XC90’s SPA platform can accommodate only hybrid powertrains.

The XC100, however, will only come as a fully-electric car that will represent technology, style and comfort. Seating will be limited to four and we can expect comfort-oriented suspension and semi-autonomous driver assistance systems on the XC100. Volvo also follows the skateboard layout for its EVs and the batteries are placed on the floor between the axles. The XC100 will get electric motors on either axle for an all-wheel-drive layout as standard. It is also reported that the XC100 will be revealed in 2023 as a 2024 model and the prices are expected to start from $85,000.

March 3, 2020 –

Dealers get exclusive preview of C40 Electric & XC100 SUVs

Volvo is apparently planning to launch two new SUVs – C40 electric crossover to sit below the XC40 and the XC100 flagship SUV. Anonymous dealers who have seen the vehicles have spoken about the models according to Automotive News.

Volvo XC40 Recharge Battery Package
The C40 will use the chassis and components of the XC40 Recharge, and place its crosshair on the BMW X2.

Both cars have been rumoured for a long time. The C40 will be a fully electric model and is expected to get coupe-like roofline with the redesigned rear with new tail lamps. Expected to be launched in 2021, Volvo will be targeting the younger crowd (and customers of the BMW X2) with the C40 and will probably get the same electric powertrain from the XC40 Recharge.

The XC40 Recharge has a 78 kWh battery powering two electric motors on either axle making it an all-wheel-drive, making a total of 408 hp. The car returns a range of 400 km (WLTP) in a single charge and can be charged to 80 per cent in just 40 minutes with a DC fast charger. XC40 Recharge can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds and has a top speed of 180 km/h.

The XC100 will sit above the XC90 upon launch and will be the new Volvo flagship car. The XC100 looks really good in terms of design, size and capabilities and if the dealers are to be believed. It will go up against the likes of BMW X7 and Mercedes-Benz GLS. Expected to be launched in 2023, the XC100 will also get hybrid and fully electric variants down the line.

Lynk & Co 05 coupe crossover CMA platform
The CMA Platform, the foundation of the Volvo XC40 and the upcoming Volvo C40, already hosts a coupe-crossover body style for group brand Lynk & Co (05).

Volvo recently launched facelifts of the S90, V90 and V90 Cross Country models with the S90 getting new fog lights, a new spoiler and a new lower front bumper. The V90 models get a new rear light design, full LED-powered signature lighting and a sequential turn indicator. All the models also get new Bowers & Wilkins audio system and an Advanced Air Cleaner with a PM 2.5 particle sensor.

Every Volvo car is now available with the 48-volt mild-hybrid powertrain as an option. The 48V hybrid powertrain comes equipped with the brake-by-wire system and energy recovery system, generating up to 15 per cent in fuel savings and emission reductions. Volvo has announced plans to put 1 million electrified vehicles on the road by 2025 and have 6 pure electric cars in the lineup. By 2025, 50 percent of Volvo’s total car sales will be from pure-electric vehicles, it predicts.

Volvo XC40 Recharge charging
The XC40 Recharge is set to become Volvo Cars India’s first electric vehicle in early 2022. Volvo will 5 additional electric cars in the global portfolio in 5 years.

Volvo has said that it is considering the XC40 Recharge for India as its first electric car, and the media has speculated that it would launch in late-2021.

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