Volvo EX30 2023

  • 2023 Volvo EX30 debuts – EV SUV with up to 422 hp, 480 km range, LFP/NMC battery, RWD/AWD options

    2023 Volvo EX30 debuts – EV SUV with up to 422 hp, 480 km range, LFP/NMC battery, RWD/AWD options

    The wraps have officially come off the Volvo EX30, with the Swedish automaker unveiling its smallest SUV in Milan earlier today. It’s the brand’s second dedicated EV with no option of an internal combustion engine (unlike the XC40) following the EX90, which premiered last November.

    Volvo hasn’t revealed the dimensions of its smallest offering, but according to various news reports, the EX30 measures in at 4,233 mm long, 1,837 mm wide and 1,555 mm tall, with a 2,650 mm-long wheelbase.

    Design-wise, the EX30 is unmistakable as a Volvo, the styling scaled down to a smaller format. Notable cues include a digital rendition of the Thor’s Hammer headlights, prominent wheel arch creases, a clamshell bonnet and two-piece taillights. Five exterior colours are available for the little ‘un, including Cloud Blue and Moss Yellow.

    2023 Volvo EX30 debuts – EV SUV with up to 422 hp, 480 km range, LFP/NMC battery, RWD/AWD options

    To provide buyers with the right powertrain option to suit their needs, the automaker is making the EX30 available in three powertrain choices. The first is a 268 hp (272 PS) single-motor option, equipped with an lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery.

    The company says that the LFP battery is more cost-effective and less resource-intensive to produce, meaning it is the best option if you don’t need maximum range. There was no mention of capacity in the Volvo release, but earlier reports indicate that the unit has an energy capacity of 51 kWh.

    Those needing more range can opt for the Single Motor Extended Range variant, which comes with a nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) extended-range battery juicing the same 268 hp motor. The NMC battery, which features lithium, nickel, manganese and cobalt in its composition, provides the ER version with a range of up to 480 km on a single charge. Again, there’s no mention of capacity for the unit, but reports have stated this to be 69 kWh.

    The third option is the Twin Motor Performance variant, in which the same NMC battery is paired with a second e-motor. With 422 hp (315 kW, or 428 PS) on tap, the all-wheel drive version of the EX30 is capable of doing the 0-100 km/h sprint in just 3.6 seconds.

    In terms of charging, aside from an 11 kW on-board charger for AC charging (with a 22 kW on-board charger available on higher trims), the standard-range EX30 can handle up to 134 kW in terms of fast charging, while the the extended-range Twin Motor variant can take up to 153 kW in DC input, meaning that the battery can be brought from a 10 to 80% state-of-charge in just a little over 25 minutes. Owners will be able to set the amperage, maximum charging level and when to start charging through the car’s centre display and app.

    Inside, the EX30 sports a minimalist dashboard design that features vertical air vents and does away with a traditional instrument binnacle. Highlights include a 12.3-inch touchscreen that provides access to all vehicle functions, while also displaying key driving information such as speed, the selected gear and charge levels at the very top.

    The infotainment system uses hardware from the Snapdragon Cockpit Platform (with 5G support), with its software being based on the Android Automotive Operating System (AAOS), meaning that Google services such as Google Assistant and Google Maps navigation is present. iPhone users haven’t been left out, because the EX30 is the first Volvo to come equipped with wireless Apple CarPlay.

    The EX30 also features a Harman Kardon premium audio system with a novel soundbar for the speaker element of its audio system. Made up of a cluster of drivers, the soundbar is located at the top portion of the dashboard just under the windshield. The company says that going with a central soundbar reduces the amount of wiring and material needed and also frees up storage space on the door cards with the omission of traditional speaker elements from these.

    Versatility of storage is a key point with this one, as can be seen from the centre console, which has a sliding system so owners can choose exactly how they want to use the space. The top of the cupholder can be slid out to hold a drink and/or smartphone, while the lower tunnel has a protective storage area for small items or a bag with the top portion retracted.

    Meanwhile, rear passengers will be able to store their phones in dedicated pockets in the front seat backs, and there’s a storage box that slides out from beneath the centre console. Elsewhere, drivers will be able to customise their EX30’s interior through lighting, with a choice of five different ambient lighting themes available. These can be paired with an ambient soundscape to set the mood even further.

    Other novelties include digital key functionality, which the automaker says is compatible with a wide range of phone brands and models. As for safety and driver assistance kit, highlights in the raft include a new generation Park Pilot Assist, which the automaker says is able to handle all types of parking spaces, including parallel, curved, perpendicular and diagonal fishbone-style layouts.

    There’s also a special door opening safety feature that alerts the driver when he is about to open the door in front of a cyclist, scooter or runner, helping to prevent such accidents.

    2023 Volvo EX30 debuts – EV SUV with up to 422 hp, 480 km range, LFP/NMC battery, RWD/AWD options

    As for pricing, the automaker says that European pricing for the EX30 starts at around 36,000 euro (RM177,350), and the all-electric SUV will also be available with through its Care by Volvo subscription package starting from 599 euro (RM2,950) per month.

    From late next year, the EX30 will also be available as a Cross Country variant. Skid plates on the front, rear and side, special black panels on the front bumper and bootlid as well as unique Cross Country branding will identify the model, which will come with a range of bespoke features such as 19-inch black wheels and the option of 18-inch wheels with bespoke tyres.

     
     
  • 2023 Volvo EX30 interior teased with single 12.3-inch touchscreen, soundbar, versatile centre console

    2023 Volvo EX30 interior teased with single 12.3-inch touchscreen, soundbar, versatile centre console

    Volvo’s slow teasing of the EX30 continues ahead of a full reveal set to take place on June 7. This time, the Swedish carmaker is revealing details of the all-electric SUV’s interior, which “aims to make your life more convenient, more relaxing and more enjoyable through cutting-edge tech and considerate Scandinavian design.”

    Based on the limited view provided by the teaser image, the EX30 sports a minimalistic dashboard design that features vertical air vents and does away with a traditional instrument binnacle. You’ll also notice the column-mounted gear selector stalk, which is also found in the larger EX90.

    Meanwhile, the star attraction inside the cabin is the 12.3-inch touchscreen that provides access to all vehicle functions, while also displaying key driving information such as speed, the selected gear and charge levels at the very top. According to Volvo, putting everything into a single screen allowed it to create a feeling of space around the driver as well as save on materials.

    Drivers will also be able to engage a ‘calm’ view that strips away everything apart from the most vital information, which will be helpful at night to reduce eye strain on long drives. The infotainment system uses hardware from the Snapdragon Cockpit Platform (with 5G support) and its software is based on the Android Automotive Operating System (AAOS).

    2023 Volvo EX30 interior teased with single 12.3-inch touchscreen, soundbar, versatile centre console

    As such, Google services are built-in, providing access to Google Assistant, Google Maps navigation, and apps on Google Play. iPhone users also get some love as the EX30 is the first Volvo car that comes with wireless Apple CarPlay. Volvo says it worked closely with ECARX through its HaleyTek joint venture to “deliver the best possible infotainment platform across the globe.”

    To complement the advanced infotainment system, Volvo also developed a soundbar for the EX30, which it claims is the first of its kind. Made up of a cluster of speakers, the soundbar is located at the top portion of the dashboard just under the windshield. “When you choose to combine it with the Harman Kardon high-end sound system, you can listen to your favourite music and podcasts in outstanding audio quality,” the company said in its release.

    Volvo’s reasoning for a soundbar is two-fold, with the first being sustainability, as a central unit reduces the amount of wiring and material needed. The second is the additional storage space that passengers get because there’s no need to have speakers in the doors.

    2023 Volvo EX30 interior teased with single 12.3-inch touchscreen, soundbar, versatile centre console

    In fact, the company says it implemented several measures to optimise practicality, including shifting the window switches to the centre console, which has room for them given it no longer needs to accommodate a gear lever.

    Elsewhere, the extra space provided by the flat floor of the electric vehicle (EV) means the glove compartment can be relocated beneath the centre screen, providing easy access to both the driver and front passenger.

    Volvo is also keen to point out the versatility of the EX30’s centre console, which has a sliding system so owners can choose exactly how they want to use the space. The top of the cupholder can be slid out to hold a drink and/or smartphone, while the lower tunnel has a protective storage area for small items or a bag with the top portion retracted.

    2023 Volvo EX30 interior teased with single 12.3-inch touchscreen, soundbar, versatile centre console

    As for rear passengers, they can store their phones in dedicated pockets in the front seatbacks, and there’s a storage box that slides out from beneath the centre console. Taking another page out of the EX90, the brand’s smallest SUV will also come with a handy size guide inside the tailgate, which is useful if you’re trying to determine if flat-pack furniture or other items will fit in the boot.

    Volvo says EX30 customers can choose from four interior “rooms, or themes if we’re being sensible, with various combinations of trims and upholsteries made from sustainable or recycled materials.

    In the remaining teaser images, we get a closer look at the EX30’s exterior, which is less of a mystery thanks to the leaks and patent images we reported on previously. Pixelated daytime running lights on the Thor’s Hammer headlamps, prominent wheel arch creases, a clamshell bonnet and two-piece taillights are the primary cues on show.

     
     
  • 2023 Volvo EX30 will get advanced driver alert system, intersection AEB, door opening alert – June 7 debut

    2023 Volvo EX30 will get advanced driver alert system, intersection AEB, door opening alert – June 7 debut

    The upcoming Volvo EX30 is set to be the brand’s smallest SUV ever, but despite its compact size, the Swedish carmaker says it will still come packed with safety features. “We’re a leader in safety, always have been and always will be, and we will not lower our own bar for safety in the EX30 – it looks after both you and others in hectic urban environments,” the company said in its official release.

    Ahead of the EX30’s world debut on June 7, Volvo has provided some early details of some of the safety features that the SUV will be offered with. This comes a few days after the SUV was initially teased, revealing a design that is clearly inspired by the larger EX90.

    As a start, the EX30 will be equipped with a door opening alert, which can warn you through visual and audio cues whenever you are about to open the door in front of a passing cyclist or another traffic user.

    This feature aims to prevent cycling crashes from happening on busy city roads when a car door opens inadvertently into the path of a cyclist. Volvo says these so-called dooring accidents make up as much as a fifth of all reported bike accidents in some cities, and according to Cycling UK, 60 people on average are killed or seriously injured by car doors each year in the United Kingdom alone.

    2023 Volvo EX30 will get advanced driver alert system, intersection AEB, door opening alert – June 7 debut

    The door opening alert is just one of several features that are part of Volvo’s Safe Space Technology suite on the EX30. “We have long had a focus on safety in city environments where cars share space with pedestrians and cyclists,” said Asa Haglund, the head of Volvo’s Safety Centre. “With the Volvo EX30, we are taking city safety to the next level, creating a small SUV that is your perfect companion for a comfortable driving experience, while it looks after you and other people on the busy streets of modern cities,” she added.

    Meanwhile, to ensure passengers inside the car are protected in the event of a crash, the structural design of the EX30 features a strengthened safety cage, pillars and roof. There’s even a far-side airbag on the inside of the driver’s seat designed to reduce head and thorax injuries during a side impact. As it is an electric vehicle (EV), battery integrity is equally as important, with various forms of high-strength steel used to offset the impact from a possible crash in an efficient way.

    Inside, the EX30 comes standard with an advanced driver alert system that uses a sensor located behind the steering wheel to detect eye and face movements around 13 times per second. This is to help the car try to understand if you’re distracted, drowsy or otherwise inattentive, with hands-on detection also present.

    Another active system highlighted is a new intersection auto brake feature that helps avoid accidents should another car cross your path in front unexpectedly. These technologies are just a small part of a comprehensive suite of safety and driver support systems that the EX30 will get, and Volvo will reveal them during the SUV’s debut next month.

    GALLERY: Volvo EX30 teaser

    GALLERY: Volvo EX30 patent images

     
     
 
 
 

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