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Volvo C40 Recharge launches single-engine model, XC40 gets design update

Volvo C40 Refill

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Volvo C40 Refill

The new C40 will offer an estimated range of 269 miles on the WLTP cycle.

A year ago, Volvo launched the C40 refill, a sleeker version of the XC40 Recharge. It debuted exclusively as an all-electric vehicle with a dual-motor all-wheel-drive setup, and today, VOLVO introduces the single-engine variant.

The single-motor C40 powers the front wheels, with electricity coming from a 69-kilowatt-hour battery. That’s smaller than the 78kWh battery (75kWh usable) of the two-motor model. Volvo claims the single-engine crossover will offer up to 434 kilometers of range, although this figure is based on the WLTP drive cycle, and actual mileage will vary. The twin-motor C40 returns 210 miles (338 km) of range per EPA and 261 miles (420 km) on WLTP.

Volvo doesn’t provide output numbers for the single-motor C40, but we do know that the twin-motor setup delivers 402 horsepower (300 kilowatts) and 487 pound-feet (660 Newton-meters) of torque. The same powertrain powers the XC40 refill, also available in single-engine configuration. This configuration delivers 231 hp (169 kW), and it probably powers the C40 as well. The company says owners can recharge the battery from 10 to 80 percent in about 32 minutes with a fast-charging system.

The introduction of the single-engine C40 also saw Volvo update the XC40 Recharge, to more closely resemble its sleeker sibling. Volvo gave the XC40 a new front bumper and a reworked frameless grille. The company has also updated the Thor’s Hammer light signature with pixel LED lighting technology for adaptive headlights. Volvo also gives the model new exterior color choices, new rim choices and non-leather upholstery options.

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Volvo announced last year that it would end ICE production by 2030, and the company is well on its way to replacing its lineup with electric vehicles. The company has five additional electric vehicles in development that will arrive by the middle of the decade. The company estimates that half of its sales will be fully electric cars. Volvo hopes the other half will be made up of PHEVs.

Volvo hasn’t produced on-sale dates for the single-engine C40 or the refreshed XC40. The company also did not provide pricing information.

Source: Volvo

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