Volvo has started taking orders for the new all-electric C40 Recharge ahead of production starting this autumn.
A coupé reworking of the new XC40 P8 Recharge, the C40 is the Swedish manufacturer's first exclusively electric model. Prices start from £57,400 and customers can place orders online only.
“We call it the future of Volvo,” said Lex Kerssemakers, Volvo’s head of global commercial operations. “It's our first ever electric-only model and represents a significant step in our plan to move online for the benefit of consumer convenience. It is, in short, a completely new take on a Volvo.”
With deliveries due to commence before the end of this year, the C40 has been launched in line with Volvo’s ambition for half of its global sales to be full EVs by 2025 and for it to be an EV-only firm by 2030.
Built on the XC40 P8's CMA platform, the Audi Q4 E-tron and BMW iX3 rival gains a sloping roofline and a new rear light design. The front features a progression of that car's closed-off grille, which is “a new face for electric Volvos”.
At 4431mm long and 2035mm wide, the C40 has the same exterior dimensions as the XC40, except it’s 690mm shorter, at 1582mm, due to its coupé-like roof. The sloping rear marginally reduces rear passenger head room by 62mm, although boot capacity is scarcely impacted, at 413 litres. There is also a 31-litre under bonnet 'frunk'.
While the sloping roof gives it a more hatcback-esque design, Volvo says the C40 still offers the raised seating position that "most Volvo drivers prefer".
The C40 uses the same powertrain as its XC40 P8 and Polestar 2 relations, with a 201bhp electric motor mounted on each axle for combined outputs of 402bhp and 487lb ft at 4350rpm. This results in a claimed 0-62mph time of 4.9sec. And, as with all Volvo models now, its top speed is limited to 112mph.
A 78kWh lithium ion battery offers an estimated range of 260 miles. It can be charged at up to 11kW by an AC charger and up to 150kW by a DC charger, the latter allowing an 80% charge from empty in around 40 minutes. Volvo says that the car's range should improve over its lifetime through planned over-the-air software updates.