The price of the Volvo C40 Recharge has recently been changed and now it starts from Rs 62.95, ex-showroom, Delhi meaning it increased by Rs 1.7 lakh. The brand justified this price hike by claiming they faced strong demand for the Volvo C40 Recharge with 0ver 100 bookings since September 5. The Coupe-SUV was launched at Rs 61.25 lakh and with the introductory prices coming to an end, the company decided to jump up the price.
Volvo C40 Recharge – Quick Recap
Let’s do a brief recap, in case you don’t remember about the Volvo C40 Recharge. Starting with the performance, this EV coupe is powered by dual motors, one on each axle, that churn out 408 hp and 660 Nm, and it’s fast considering it takes only 4.7 seconds to go from 0-100 kph. While the top speed is locked at 180 kph, its quick acceleration is wild enough to give you the urge to overtake every vehicle on the road. (Drive safely though)
It gets a 78 kWh battery pack which provides a WLTP-claimed range of 530 km, which interestingly is a drastic upgrade of over 100 km than its XC40 Recharge sibling. The reason is even though both the SUVs share the same powertrain, the C40 recharge features a new-gen battery cell technology and an aerodynamic shape. The battery takes around 8 hours on a standard 11kW charger, while it can charge from 10% to 80% in 37 minutes at DC fast charging stations.
Talking about shape, The Volvo C40 Recharge is a 4.4m long EV SUV which has a Coupe-like stance as stated before, with redesigned taillights and an integrated spoiler, a steeply raked windscreen and Thor’s hammer-like Pixel LED headlights, which is a first for any Volvo car in India. Also, kudos to Volvo since they managed to squeeze in a 78 kWh battery pack in the C40 recharge, despite it having an ICE SUV body type and also increased its range despite using a similar body as the XC40 recharge.
The Volvo C40 Recharge is also packed with lots of features like a 9.0-inch vertical/portrait-style infotainment unit, 12.3-inch instrument cluster, wireless phone charging, a 360-degree camera, a dual-zone climate control system, ADAS, powered front seats with driver-side memory function along with a heating and cooling feature, a panoramic sunroof, a premium Harman Kardon sound system and more.
The Volvo C40 Recharge in India competes with the newly launched BMW iX1, which is a bit pricier (Rs 66.90 lakh, ex-showroom), but still falls in the same range. Also, the iX1 is close in terms of the performance department and design-wise it’s a full-fledged EV SUV. The iX1 also takes much less time to charge than the C40 Recharge, but that’s due to its lower battery capacity and range.
But despite having a strong demand, its competitor BMW iX1 managed to sell out within hours of launch. The C40 recharge is also going to get more competition since the BMW iX2 made its debut along with the X2 recently and will mostly make its way to India very soon.