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VOLVO: New C40 Recharge EV coming to the UK

Volvo has announced that its all-new C40 Recharge - a pure-electric compact SUV based on the larger XC40 P8 Recharge SUV - is coming to the UK. However, in line with Volvo’s ‘Recharge’ ethos, it’ll only be offered with a dual-motor electric powertrain offering a range of up to 261 miles.

The C40 will compete with a variety of rivals, ranging from the updated Tesla Model 3 and forthcoming Audi Q4 e-tron to the VW ID.3 and ID.4. The Swedish automaker says the C40 will only be sold online, meaning subscription and rental schemes are likely to account for the majority of sales. 

Visually, the C40 is clearly related to the XC40 SUV with a matching front-end design that includes a pair of LED headlights sporting the brand's 'Thor’s Hammer’ lighting signature and a closed-off front grille.

However, the roofline is where the two cars begin to differ with the C40’s roof sloping sharply from the B-pillar backwards into a coupe-style rear. 

Both the C40 and XC40 ride on Volvo’s versatile CMA platform, meaning they have an identical wheelbase (the distance between the front and rear wheels) and the same amount of rear legroom. The C40’s sloping roofline reduces rear passenger headroom by around 6cm but retains the same 431-litre boot as the XC40 Recharge. There’s also an additional 31-litre storage space under the bonnet for charging cables. 

The interior of the C40 looks to be very similar to the XC40 with the same dashboard design and control layout. Volvo has confirmed the C40 will be the first model offered without leather upholstery.

Like the XC40 Recharge, the C40’s infotainment system will be powered by Android Auto, which allows access to Google Maps for navigation, Google Assistant and the Google Play store for apps. 

Unsurprisingly, the C40 will deploy the same powertrain as the electric Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge. This means it has two electric motors, one to drive each axle, producing a total of 402bhp. Performance is brisk as you’d expect, with 0-62mph taking a curt 4.9 seconds. 

It has a 78kW/h battery with a claimed range of 261 miles (WLTP). When connected to a 150kW rapid charger, a top up from 0 to 80 per cent is expected to take around 40 minutes. An 11kW home wallbox takes around eight hours (or overnight) to complete a full charge. According to Volvo, both the car’s overall range and charging times are expected to be improved by future over-the-air software updates.

Prices have yet to be confirmed but it would be safe to expect the C40 to be pitched slightly lower in price than the similar XC40 P8 Recharge, which starts at around £50,000. Orders are said to open in the summer, with first deliveries likely towards the end of the year.

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By Wayne Gorrett

Wayne has been covering developments in the UK's automotive sector for over 10 years, providing news, reviews, first-drive impressions and opinion pieces for a number of print and web outlets in the UK and South Africa. A former marketing director, Wayne is based in a rural village near Winchester, Hampshire. You can follow him on Twitter: @WaynesWorldAuto Facebook: WaynesWorldAuto Instagram: WaynesWorldAuto