Volvo C40 Recharge

  • 2023 Volvo C40 Recharge Pure Electric in Malaysia – CKD; 408 PS, 78 kWh, 450 km EV range; from RM289k

    2023 Volvo C40 Recharge Pure Electric in Malaysia – CKD; 408 PS, 78 kWh, 450 km EV range; from RM289k

    Volvo Car Malaysia (VCM) has added a second electric vehicle to its line-up with the launch of the C40 Recharge, which joins the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric that was recently facelifted for the 2023 model year.

    The C40 is a little more unique than its fellow stablemate as it is only offered with an electric powertrain (the brand’s first to be designed as such), which isn’t the case with the XC40 that is also available with mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid power. Making its global debut last March, the C40 sits on the same Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform and features a distinctive design that some might find appealing.

    This isn’t immediately obvious when viewing both models from the front, but as you circle around, you’ll spot the C40’s coupe-like roofline that is accentuated by a prominent dual-element roof spoiler, an integrated tailgate wing and restyled LED taillights.

    2023 Volvo C40 Recharge Pure Electric in Malaysia – CKD; 408 PS, 78 kWh, 450 km EV range; from RM289k

    The more dynamic shape maintains the same width (1,863 mm) and wheelbase (2,702 mm) as the XC40, but the C40 is slightly longer at 4,431 mm (+6 mm). More importantly, the attractive roofline sees a 70 mm reduction in overall height at 1,582 mm, which helps reduce drag. One downside is boot space, which drops to 413 litres from the XC40’s 460 litres, while headroom also takes a hit (C40 compared to XC40).

    However, The sleeker shape nets you improved range over the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric’s 438 km, with the C40 quoted as providing up to 450 km on a single charge following the WLTP. This is despite sharing the same all-wheel drive electric powertrain, which consists of a 78-kWh (75 kWh usable) lithium-ion battery powering a pair of electric motors – one for each axle – rated for a total system output of 408 PS (402 hp or 300 kW) and 660 Nm of torque.

    The 0-100 km/h time is also reduced to 4.7 seconds, or two tenths quicker than the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric. Charging times are identical, with the C40 taking about 7.5 hours for a full charge with an AC input (Type 2 connection) of 11 kW. There’s also DC fast charging up to 150 kW with a CCS2 connection, where a 0-80% state of charge (SoC) is achieved in just 28 minutes.

    2023 Volvo C40 Recharge Pure Electric in Malaysia – CKD; 408 PS, 78 kWh, 450 km EV range; from RM289k

    As for the interior, it’s pretty much a carbon copy of the XC40, with a nine-inch touchscreen being the highlight of the dashboard, while ahead of the driver is a familiar-looking steering wheel and 12-inch digital instrument cluster.

    The C40’s looks come with a price tag of RM288,888 on-the-road without insurance, which equates to an additional premium of RM10,000 when compared to the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric. Like the car it is derived from, the C40 is a locally-assembled (CKD) model produced at Volvo Car Manufacturing Malaysia’s plant in Shah Alam. As such, the C40 will benefit from the government’s incentives for CKD EVs until December 31, 2025.

    For the money, the kit list includes LED headlamps, 19-inch five-double spoke black diamond cut wheels, a Charcoal interior with Charcoal Connect Suede textile/Microtech upholstery, backlit Topography trim décor, dual-zone climate control with a PM2.5 air purifier and rear vents, an Android Automotive OS-powered infotainment system with built-in Google services, a 600-watt Harman Kardon sound system with 14 speakers, a Qi wireless phone charger and powered front seats.

    2023 Volvo C40 Recharge Pure Electric Malaysian spec sheet; click to enlarge

    A four-year Digital Service Package (DSP) is included to enable the connected features, as is a panoramic sunroof (the XC40 doesn’t come with one), a hands-free powered tailgate, ambient lighting and a seven-metre-long 10 A public charging cable.

    As you’d expect of a Volvo, the safety and driver assistance systems are comprehensive and include the City Safety suite (collision avoidance & mitigation with intersection support; pedestrian, cyclist and large animal detection), front and rear collision warning and mitigation support, Driver Alert Control, Lane Keeping Aid, Run-Off Road Mitigation with Road Edge Detection, Oncoming Lane Mitigation, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Steer Assist and Cross Traffic Alert (CTA) with Autobrake.

    Customers will have five colours to choose from, namely Fjord Blue, Black Stone, Silver Dawn, Crystal White and Sage Green. Each purchase will come with a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty, an eight-year, 160,000-km battery warranty, five years/100,000 km free service, plus five-year roadside assistance. Online bookings start today from 8pm onwards and will be available for viewing at all authorised Volvo dealers in Malaysia from 15 December, 2022 onwards.

  • Volvo C40 Recharge P8 AWD sighted on test in Shah Alam, Malaysia – launching soon as CKD EV?

    Volvo C40 Recharge P8 AWD sighted on test in Shah Alam, Malaysia – launching soon as CKD EV?

    The Volvo C40 Recharge has been sighted on test in Malaysia, hinting that an official launch might be close. These two units of the Volvo C40 Recharge was sighted parked in Bukit Jelutong yesterday by EV enthusiast reader @ECOmodepassion.

    It’s not the first time we’re seeing Volvo cars being tested in Bukit Jelutong, Shah Alam – we previously saw the S60 being tested in the area.

    It’s basically a sportier, coupe version of the XC40. It has a more dynamic rear end, but retains the same face. The face you see here looks different from what we’re used to seeing on the XC40 that’s currently on Malaysian roads, but the XC40 facelift will share the same face as this C40.

    Volvo C40 Recharge P8 AWD sighted on test in Shah Alam, Malaysia – launching soon as CKD EV?

    Although these C40 units have the badging on the rear taped up, it’s not hard to figure out that this is the electric dual motor all-wheel drive P8 model because it is the only model that the C40 is offered as currently, different from the XC40 which has both electric front wheel drive P6 and AWD P8 models as well as petrol and plug-in hybrid models.

    The dual motors output 408 PS and 660 Nm of torque, drawing power from a 78-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that provides an estimated 420 km of range based on the WLTP standard. Performance-wise, the C40 has a 0-100 km/h time of 4.7 seconds, which is 0.2 seconds quicker than the XC40.

    We expect the C40 to be more expensive than the XC40, but we don’t know how much. If we refer to Thai pricing, the XC40 is priced at 2.59 million baht while the C40 goes for 2.75 million baht, so that’s less than a 10% price premium. Just like the XC40, we expect the C40 to be offered as a CKD model in Malaysia.

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  • 2021 Volvo C40 Recharge unveiled – pure electric only, P8 AWD with 408 PS, 660 Nm; 420 km range

    2021 Volvo C40 Recharge unveiled – pure electric only, P8 AWD with 408 PS, 660 Nm; 420 km range

    Volvo has taken the sheaths off its latest electric car, the C40 Recharge. Despite sitting on the same CMA platform as the XC40, the new crossover coupe will only be available as a pure electric car. That makes it the first Volvo model in history to be designed as a pure EV.

    Speaking of firsts, the C40 is also the first to wear Volvo’s new pure electric front face, one that is exclusive only to the automaker’s EV range. While the bulk of it is familiar, it’s the grille that has been simplified.

    Unlike the XC40 Recharge, the solid panel now sits flush and blends seamlessly into the curvatures of the bumper and bonnet. The lack of a “casing” helps produce cleaner air flow over and around the vehicle, though the tiny slit beneath the Iron Mark logo has been retained for cooling purposes.

    The contours of the fascia are also neater compared to the electric XC40, and the inner section of the LED headlights (with state-of-the-art pixel technology) tapers upwards, creating a slightly angrier face.

    Over to its profile, the C40 has a lot in common with the XC40. The side mirrors, side moulding and rear haunches are nearly identical, but that’s pretty much it for similarities. The A-pillars on the C40 Recharge are more rounded, and there are no roof rails here, all in the interest of aerodynamics (and style, for sure).

    Volvo fans will welcome the return of the sloping roofline – the last model with a sloping roof (at least one with a rear hatch) was the C30. The C40 Recharge also gets a fighter jet-style roof spoiler, an integrated wing on the tailgate, as well as a new full LED taillight design. The model pictured here sits on 20-inch aero-optimised wheels shod with 255/40 profile tyres.

    2021 Volvo C40 Recharge unveiled – pure electric only, P8 AWD with 408 PS, 660 Nm; 420 km range

    Inside, the C40 Recharge is nearly identical to the XC40 Recharge. Customers have the option to choose from various colour themes and decor options, some of which are exclusive to the C40. However, it’s the first Volvo model to be completely leather-free, but expect man-made alternatives to be made available.

    The infotainment system is the same Android-based head unit that first debuted on the XC40 Recharge. Users will get full access to the myriad of Google services and apps from the Google Play Store, including built-in features such as Google Maps and Google Assistant. To top it off, each C40 Recharge purchase comes with unlimited data, and the system supports over-the-air software updates as well.

    Its electric powertrain is the same as the XC40 Recharge. The system comprises two electric motors, one powering each axle. No output figures have been released yet, but it should mirror the XC40 Recharge P8’s output of 408 PS and 660 Nm of torque. The century sprint is expected to be done in under five seconds, and of course, the top speed is limited to 180 km/h.

    It also shares the same 78 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, but here it offers up to 420 km on a single charge, or 20 km more than what the XC40 Recharge was capable of at launch. Volvo says this can be marginally improved with future OTA software updates, but gains are gains nonetheless.

    AC charging is done via a Type 2 connection, which takes about 7.5 hours when plugged into an 11 kW three-phase outlet. The battery can also be fast-charged via a 150 kW DC outlet (uses a CCS connection), taking just 40 minutes to charge from zero to 80%.

    Now, in a bid to achieve its climate-neutral goal by 2040, Volvo said all of its electric cars can only be purchased online. This medium reduces complexity in its product offerings, and promotes transparency with fixed pricing on models and options.

    2021 Volvo C40 Recharge unveiled – pure electric only, P8 AWD with 408 PS, 660 Nm; 420 km range

    Company chief technology officer, Henrik Green said: “The C40 Recharge represents the future of Volvo and shows where we are going. It is fully electric, offered online only with a convenient care package and will be available for quick delivery. Getting a new Volvo was never this attractive.”

    The C40 Recharge will enter production in the third quarter of this year, and will be built alongside the XC40 Recharge at the Volvo Cars manufacturing plant in Ghent, Belgium. So, what do you think of the C40 Recharge and the online-only purchasing medium? Let us know, below.


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Last Updated Sep 21, 2023