Although we are talking about a relatively fresh model, this subcompact crossover will come with big novelties for the next year. The small SUV has been around for less than two years and now it’s electrification time. We are about to see the first all-electric SUV from this manufacturer, which will come as 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge. Compared to standard gasoline models, it will come with a couple of more distinctive details, other than the powertrain.
On the other side, standard models will carry on in the same way. This means you may count on familiar specs and features. We don’t expect to see any particular change in these models. Of course, some tweaks in terms of standard equipment are always possible. Still, most of the things will remain the same. The styling, as well as the powertrain lineup, will definitely remain the same and we expect to see the new model sometime in the second half of the year.
2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge
Without any doubt, this is the biggest novelty for the next year. The 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge will be the first all-electric SUV from the Swedish manufacturer and we are about to see a couple of interesting modifications, compared to standard models.
Of course, the most important thing is the new all-electric system. It features a 78kWh battery pack and a couple of electric motors. The total output goes all-away up to 408 horsepower and 486 pound-feet of torque. With such numbers, we may expect nothing but excellent performances. Allegedly, the new model will be capable to hit 60 mph in less than five seconds.
When it comes to the range, we may count on about 240 miles on a single charge, according to the latest reports. Speaking of charging, a fast-charging option will be available as well. It will allow charging 80% of the battery in just 40 minutes.
The 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge will feature pretty much the same look as standard models. Practically, the only major difference will be a new grille design, which clearly indicates this is an all-electric vehicle. Also, this model will feature the Android-based infotainment system.
It’s not hard to conclude that the new model will compete with electric crossovers like Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-Pace. We wouldn’t exclude more reasonably-priced options, such as Hyundai Kona Electric and Chevrolet Bolt.
The rest of the lineup will carry on in the same way. This means you may count on two familiar gasoline options. Base models are equipped with a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine, which is good for about 187 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. Such numbers are more than enough for a convenient ride but you will like it even more when you see mpg ratings. With this engine, you may count on a pretty solid 23 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.
There is also a more powerful version of this engine. This one is good for pretty impressive 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Obviously, driving dynamics are notably better, as well as the overall driving experience. The price you have to pay is a little bit lower fuel economy. It goes around 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
As we already mentioned, there is a chance to see a couple of novelties for the next year. Still, we are pretty sure that most of the things will remain the same. When it comes to tech goodies, the current model comes standard with things like 9-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, an eight-speaker stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, three USB ports, and Bluetooth, as well as with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and automatic climate control. In higher trims, you can also get dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, a 13-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system, wireless device charging etc.
Typically for Volvo models, the list of safety features looks really impressive. All models come standard with goodies like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, road departure mitigation, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, oncoming collision mitigation, traffic sign recognition, automatic high-beam headlights. There is even more in higher trim levels, where you can get adaptive headlights, cornering fog lights, adaptive cruise control, a surround-view parking camera, the Pilot Assist system, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, reverse automatic braking and more.
2021 Volvo XC40 Release Date and Price
We expect to see 2021 Volvo XC40 in the second half of the year. When it comes to the price, we don’t expect to see bigger changes. The current model starts slightly under 34.000 dollars, while the most expensive version can go over 43.000. Of course, the upcoming all-electric version will be significantly more expensive. Some sources suggest that base versions will go under 48.000 dollars.