Volvo XC40 Recharge: Volvo is changing sides

Volvo XC40 Recharge: Volvo is changing sides

With the facelift of the electric compact SUV XC40, Volvo is switching the base version from front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive. And there is also a new engine. Also with 408 hp all-wheel drive.

How times change: Imagine an established manufacturer converting one of its most important models from front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive and also installing an all-new engine. The feeling, the earthquake, the collapse of the fan community. Well, with a facelift Volvo XC40 Recharging can be a little quieter, although the Swedes turned their compact electric SUV (and its C40 variant) well on the left side of the car. Or better from front to back, because in the basic version with only one motor, the same is now in the back and also drives the rear wheels there. The permanently excited balancing machine (PSM), which fits the front of the Polestar 3, is said to be slightly more powerful (238 or 252 hp, 330 or 420 Newton meters) and above all more efficient than its predecessor.

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Another advantage of the move: the matter with the car’s gravity during the acceleration of power (now in 7.4 seconds to 100) has been done. Until now, the rich torque has been pulling the steering wheel hard when driving at full power. Now that the car and driving are different, everyone can focus on them, up to the maximum speed, which increases from 160 to 180 km / h.

His consideration also applies to a certain extent to the two-engine variant, which is available again. Here, Volvo promises to release the punch of the front engine to the front wheels in a controlled manner so they remain stable. And where does the punch come from? From the alien 163 hp. Instead of PSM it is now asynchronous. With advantages in terms of efficiency. On the one hand, the motor runs completely freely and without resistance when it is not needed, and on the other hand it is more economical in the optimal stage of the load than its permanent counterparts, which have a slight advantage in the entire efficiency range. . And how does it all work? Strong and supple. In fact, one thinks that, despite the car’s high torque, there is little traction in driving. Not even when it goes to 100 in less than five seconds thanks to 408 hp and 670 Newton meters of total power.


The cockpit of the new Recharge Volvo XC40.

one pedal? Oh sure. does it charge fast? Now with 200 kW!

In addition, the XC 40 sits well in oncoming traffic with its automatic tuning, slowing gently and purposefully. Volvo offers standard one-pedal steering with an instant delay when you step on the gas anyway. Electric charging is now also faster, the maximum charging current increases from 150 to 200 kW. The rapid charging of the battery, which has a net capacity of 78 kWh in the top model and Single Motor Expansion Type, from 10 to 80 percent should be completed in 27 minutes. The basic variant, available from 44,500 euros, is equipped with a battery of 67 kWh that puts a high voltage, which should enable a distance of about 450 km according to WLTP, Extended about 500, Twin Motor a little bit. This will be the technically elevated one Volvo XC40 maybe it’s still good for the collapse of the fan community. At least small.

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Pulling the steering wheel and the Recharge single-engine version of the XC40 is a thing of the past, the electric SUV pushes with the rear wheels and the traction is clearly visible. The fuel consumption benefit of the new asynchronous machine in the all-wheel drive variant of the two-engine will be seen only during extensive testing.