Volvo has taken the covers off its challenger to the Tesla Model Y, the XC40 Recharge.


Based on the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) utilised by the combustion-powered XC40, the XC40 Recharge P8 is the first in a line of ‘Recharge’-badged, all-electric vehicles, with the Swedish brand claiming it will reveal a new EV every year for the next half-decade.

The Recharge P8 borrows its electric powertrain from the Polestar 2, Volvo’s sister brand’s electric sedan with which the crossover shares its platform.


Dual electric motors – with one on each axle – deliver a stonking 300kW of power and 660Nm of torque to all wheels, enabling a 4.9 second 0-100km/h sprint that’s on par with the Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model Y Long Range AWD.

Energy comes from a 78kWh lithium-ion battery pack located under the floor, said to permit an estimated range of 400 kilometres on the WLTP cycle. Charging options consist of an onboard 11kW AC charger or 150kW DC fast-charging, with the latter said to recharge (pardon the pun) the car’s battery from 0 to 80 per cent in 40 minutes.


Subtle visual changes have been made to differentiate the Recharge from its petrol and diesel XC40 siblings, namely a closed-off body-coloured grille, unique alloy wheels and Recharge badges on the tailgate and C-pillar.

The interior is unchanged aside from a new Android-based infotainment system that debuted on the Polestar 2, with over-the-air software updates and in-built Google Maps and Play Store applications.


The additional space needed for the rear electric motor and batteries has resulted in a reduction in boot space, from 460 litres to 413L. To compensate, there’s a 31-litre ‘frunk’ located under the front bonnet, in place of a traditional combustion engine.

Other details of note include a new range of driver assistance systems, and reduced ground clearance of 175mm (vs 211mm).

The 2020 Volvo XC40 Recharge is scheduled to go on sale in Europe in late 2020, with an Australian launch set for 2021.


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