Update: ‘Specifications’ and ‘Price & Release Date’ sections updated.
Volvo Cars have announced improved versions of the XC40 and C40 in Europe, ones we reckon will be brought down to the U.S. as the 2024 Volvo XC40 Recharge and 2024 Volvo C40 Recharge. If you were planning to buy a ~50,000 EV anytime soon, especially one with the Iron Mark logo, we’d say hold that thought until you give this piece a read, as you might want to wait, and the wait would be absolutely worth it. These new Volvo EVs pack significant upgrades in the aspects that truly matter.
When it comes to styling, both models remain unchanged compared to their MY2023 predecessors. The front fascia of the XC40 Recharge, as previously, mimics the template laid by the C40 Recharge coupe-SUV. So, expect the same ‘Pixel’ LED setup for the headlights along with the brand’s updated ‘Thor’s Hammer’ DRLs. The similarities between the two models continue with both featuring a frameless grille & sporty-looking front apron, plus a neat clamshell hood.
Viewed from the sides, the upright and boxy stance of the XC40 Recharge is juxtaposed with the sporty but smooth-flowing profile of its coupe-SUV stablemate. Volvo Cars says the exterior of both EVs incorporate minor changes in order to minimize drag and boost efficiency, while a new 19-inch alloy wheel design has been introduced to further aid aerodynamics. Customers can upgrade to the 20-inch wheels, which is also a two-tone design.
The rear-end of the 2024 C40 Recharge is intriguingly sporty while managing to retain the muscularity of an SUV. Roof-integrated spoilers and a separate wing on the decklid add to the sportiness, with the distinctly-shaped LED tail lights bringing in the contemporary appeal. Its taller stance means that the 2024 XC40 Recharge maintains its SUV proportions well, while the large spoiler and thick C-pillars give it a credible presence.
Like the outgoing models, the interior of the new XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge follow the brand’s minimalistic but modern design philosophy, using environmentally-conscious and sustainable materials that aren’t lacking in premium feel or upmarket appeal. The seats of both EVs offer plenty of comfort and support, while the special ‘Wool Blend’ fabric used on them not only look unique and feels nice to the touch, but they are also more breathable than traditional leather upholstery.
The cargo volume of the 2023 XC40 Recharge ranges between 16-57.5 cu. ft., while the 2023 C40 Recharge has a luggage capacity of between 15-49 cu. ft. We expect the updated models to have the same specifications in this aspect.
Currently, key features of the XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge include a panoramic sunroof, powered tailgate, a 600-watt, 13-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, dual-zone automatic climate control, 12-inch digital instrument cluster, 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system with built-in Google Play Store, Google Maps, Google Assistant, 360-degree cameras. Adaptive cruise control, Volvo Pilot Assist, Lane Keeping Aid with Oncoming Lane Mitigation, and Cross Traffic Alert are some of the main driver assistance system.
Drivetrain layout & performance
After a 25-year sabbatical, rear-wheel drive (RWD) is back at Volvo Cars. It is the default drivetrain layout in the 2024 XC40 Recharge and 2024 C40 Recharge models, in ‘Single Motor RWD’ and ‘Single Motor Extended Range RWD’ variants. The Single Motor RWD variant won’t be available in the U.S., though.
The Single-Motor RWD variant has one rear motor generating 175 kW (235 hp) and 420 Nm (310 lb.-ft.)* of torque. The Single-Motor Extended Range RWD variant uses a more powerful rear motor that produces 185 kW (248 hp) and 420 Nm (310 lb.-ft.)* of torque.
The Twin Motor AWD variant combines a 117 kW asynchronous motor at the front and a 183 kW permanent magnet synchronous motor at the rear. Together, these motors provide the 2024 XC40 Recharge and 2024 C40 Recharge 300 kW (402 hp)* and 670 Nm (494 lb.-ft.)* of torque.
The 2023 XC40 Recharge and 2023 C40 Recharge use a 150 kW permanent magnet synchronous motor at both ends. This combination results in 402 hp of total power (both models) and 486 lb.-ft. (XC40 Recharge)/487 lb.-ft. (C40 Recharge) of torque.
The primary aim behind the updates was to extend the range and improve the charging speeds of the XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge. Beginning with the range, Volvo Cars has carried over the 67 kWh (net) battery pack and replaced the 75 kWh (net) battery pack with a 78 kWh (net) battery pack. The company uses the 67 kWh unit in the Single Motor RWD variant of both models, which it doesn’t plan to offer in the U.S.
The 78 kWh battery pack provides an EPA-est. range of 293 miles in the 2024 Volvo XC40 Recharge Single-Motor Extended Range RWD and 297 miles in the 2024 Volvo C40 Single-Motor Extended Range RWD.
The EPA-est. range figures of the 2024 Volvo XC40 Recharge Twin Motor AWD and 2024 Volvo C40 Recharge Twin Motor AWD with the 78 battery pack are 254 miles and 257 miles, respectively. Compared to the outgoing models with the 75 kWh battery pack, their EPA-est. range figures are 31 miles higher.
Volvo Cars has increased the maximum DC fast-charging rate of the XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge by 50 kW to 200 kW. However, the 200 kW rate is not applicable to the Single-Motor RWD variant. The most basic variant with the 67 kWh battery pack has a lower maximum DC fast-charging input of 150 kW. In the U.S., Volvo Cars says fast-charging the 78 kWh battery pack from 10 to 80% SoC takes approximately 28 minutes.
The 2023 XC40 Recharge Twin Motor AWD and 2023 C40 Recharge Twin Motor AWD, which share a 75 kWh battery pack and a 150 kW peak DC fast-charging rate, take 37 minutes to juice up from 10 to 80% SoC at a DC fast-charger.
Check out the specifications table below for more details:
|Aspect/Specification||XC40 Recharge/C40 Recharge Single Motor Extended Range RWD||XC40 Recharge/C40 Recharge Twin Motor AWD|
|Battery Capacity||78 kWh||78 kWh|
|Range (EPA-est.)||293/297 miles||254/257 miles|
|City/Hwy/Comb. MGPe (EPA-est.)||XC40 Recharge: 118/95/106|
C40 Recharge: 118/96/107
|XC40 Recharge: 106/90/98|
C40 Recharge: 106/91/99
|Max. DC Charging Rate||200 kW||200 kW|
|Charge Time (10-80% SoC)||~28 minutes||~28 minutes|
|Top Speed||180 km/h (112 mph)||180 km/h (112 mph)|
|0 to 100 KPH (0 to 62 MPH)||7.4 seconds||4.9 / 4.7 seconds|
That said, how do the 2024 XC40 Recharge & C40 Recharge compare to the 2023 (outgoing) models? We have compiled a specifications table to offer more clarity on the matter:
|Aspect||2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge (Single Motor FWD/Twin Motor AWD)||2024 Volvo XC40 Recharge (Single Motor RWD/Single Motor RWD Extended Range/Twin Motor AWD)||2023 Volvo C40 Recharge (Single Motor FWD/Twin Motor AWD)||2024 Volvo C40 Recharge (Single Motor RWD/Single Motor RWD Extended Range/Twin Motor AWD)|
|No. of Electric Motors||One/Two||One/One/Two||One/Two||One/One/Two|
|Power||170 kW (228 hp)*/300 kW (402 hp)||175 kW (235 hp)/185 kW (248 hp)/300 kW (402 hp)||170 kW (228 hp)*/300 kW (402 hp)||175 kW (235 hp)/185 kW (248 hp)/300 kW (402 hp)|
|Torque||330 Nm (243 lb.-ft.)*/486 lb.-ft.)||420 Nm (310 lb.-ft.)*/420 Nm (310 lb.-ft.)*/670 Nm (494 lb.-ft.)*||330 Nm (243 lb.-ft.)*/487 lb.-ft.)||420 Nm (310 lb.-ft.)*/420 Nm (310 lb.-ft.)*/670 Nm (494 lb.-ft.)*|
|0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) Acceleration Time||7.4 s*/4.9 s*||7.4 s/7.4 s/4.9 s||7.4 s*/4.7 s*||7.4 s/7.4 s/4.7 s|
|Top Speed||160 km/h (99 mph)*/112 mph||180 km/h (112 mph)||160 km/h (99 mph)*/112 mph||180 km/h (112 mph)|
|Battery Capacity (Net)||67 kWh*/75 kWh||67 kWh/78 kWh||67 kWh*/75 kWh||67 kWh/78 kWh|
|Range||425 km (264 miles) [WLTP]*/223 miles (EPA-est.)||240 miles (EPA-est.)/293 miles (EPA-est.)/254 miles (EPA-est.)||438 km (272 miles) [WLTP]*/226 miles (EPA-est.)||245 miles (EPA-est.)/297 miles (EPA-est.)/257 miles (EPA-est.)|
|Max. DC Charging Rate||150 kW||150 kW/200 kW/200 kW||150 kW||150 kW/200 kW/200 kW|
|DC Charging Time (10-80% SoC)||28 minutes*/37 minutes||27 minutes*/28 minutes/28 minutes||28 minutes*/37 minutes||27 minutes*/28 minutes/28 minutes|
|Max. AC Charging Rate||11 kW||11 kW||11 kW||11 kW|
|AC Charging Time (0-100% SoC)||7 hours*/8 hours||7 hours*/8 hours*/8 hours*||7 hours*/8 hours||7 hours*/8 hours*/8 hours*|
|Towing Capacity||1,500 kg (3,307 lbs.)*/4,409 lbs.||1,500 kg (3,307 lbs.)*/1,500 kg (3,307 lbs.)*/1,800 kg (3,968 lbs.)*||1,500 kg (3,307 lbs.)*/4,409 lbs.||1,500 kg (3,307 lbs.)*/1,500 kg (3,307 lbs.)*/1,800 kg (3,968 lbs.)*|
Note: Volvo Cars originally indicated it will offer the 2024 XC40 Recharge and 2024 C40 Recharge in a Single Motor RWD variant as well in the U.S., hence the EPA-est. range figures in the table above. The company seems to have backtracked on its announcement, confirming only the Single Motor Extended Range RWD and Twin Motor AWD variants for our market.
Price & Release Date
The 2024 Volvo XC40 Recharge and 2024 Volvo C40 Recharge could be priced from around USD 50,000. The launch of the new 40 Series (EV) could take place later this year.
The starting prices of the 2023 XC40 Recharge Twin Motor AWD and 2023 C40 Recharge Twin Motor AWD are USD 53,550 and USD 55,300, respectively.
What we reckon as the 2024 Volvo XC40 Recharge and 2024 Volvo C40 Recharge for the U.S. pack substantial technical revisions and offer newer and better power-electric choices than the outgoing models. Additionally, they could be more widely accessible, thanks to lower base prices. We think these compact EVs might be the most enticing entry-level luxury EVs in the U.S.
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