All-Electric Volvo XC40 SUV Coming This Year
The baby Volvo will get a really big juice box.
This just in from Gothenburg, Sweden: An all-electric Volvo XC40 is coming this year. According to Automotive News Europe, the compact crossover is next in line to get electrified by Volvo and will jump in line ahead of the XC40 plug-in hybrid (below) planned for 2020. Plug-in options are now available on all of the company's models and it expects half of its vehicles to be electrified by 2025. No other details were provided about the all-electric roundabout and a request for comment was still unanswered at the time of publication.
If the report is true, the baby Volvo with an all-electric juice box will be the marque's first EV; it is also recently announced its Polestar performance division will launch an electric sedan called the 2. Both the 2 and the beautifully and thoughtfully designed XC40 (shown below) share Volvo's Compact Modular Architecture. The 2 will offer 408 horsepower and 487 lb-ft of torque, and it also features a 78-kWh battery with 275 miles of range. The electric SUV will likely offer less than half of the output and will have a top speed of 112 mph; range is unknown.
The Swedish car company has been owned by China's Geely Group since 2010, and the XC40 EV is likely to be built at the brand's plant in Laquio, China. The XC40 T5 plug-in is expected to roll out later this year and combine a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine with an electric motor and a 9.7-kWh battery pack.