Volvo’s first-ever car designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle (EV) will arrive soon. The 2022 Volvo C40 Recharge’s body will feature the popular coupe SUV look, which delicately blends a crossover with a sedan. This will give it space that will rival many crossovers while retaining the low roofline and slipperiness of a sedan.
Up front, the C40 Recharge will boast a relatively standard Volvo nose – other than the closed grille for added aerodynamic efficiency – with its Thor’s hammer headlight signatures. Around back, The C40 will also boast eye-grabbing, futuristic-looking LED light bars that swoop down the D-pillars around the rear fascia and toward the center.
Inside, the 2022 C40 Recharge will boast a relatively simple cabin – even simpler than most Volvos already are – with many wide-open spaces to add airiness to the cabin. The only thing breaking up the airiness will be the parge, tablet-liter infotainment screen. The C40 will feature Volvo’s first-ever leather-free interior, and it will offer a wide range of customization options with its array of color and trim options.
Inside, buyers will enjoy an advanced infotainment system that Volvo designed alongside Google. This infotainment stem is built upon the Android operating system and works with various apps, including Maps, Assistant, and the Play Store. Free lifetime over-the-air updates ensure everything is up to date without visiting the dealership.
Volvo has yet to reveal the C40 Recharge’s entire powertrain, but we expect it to arrive with the same setup as the XC40 Recharge crossover. If this is the case, it’ll boast a dual-electric-motor setup – one front and one rear – for a combined 402 horsepower and 486 pound-feet of torque. What we do know is it’ll include a 78-kWh battery that’ll allow it to deliver a 420 km (261-mile) range on a charge. Getting to an 80% charge on a DC Fast Charger would take about 40 minutes.
There are no details on the safety gear in the 2022 C40, but it’s a Volvo; we expect only the best of the best here. We expect all the basics, including lane-keeping assist, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, and more to come standard.
Pricing & Release Date
Volvo expects the C40 to start production in the fall of 2021 and to hit showrooms shortly after.
Pricing for the 2022 C40 will start from $58,750 – destination fees are not included. This does not include a federal tax credit or state & local plug-in rebates. With these incentives, we estimate the C40 Recharge will cost less than $49,000.
Pictured: 2022 Volvo C40