New Volvo 40 Series To Get Plug-In Hybrid And Pure Electric Versions

2 years ago by Mark Kane 28

Volvo Concept 40.1 + 40.2 birds-eye detail

Volvo Concept 40.1 + 40.2 birds-eye detail

Volvo revealed two new 40 series concept cars (the 40.1 and 40.2 – see additional images below), which are heralding its new global small car offerings for 2017.  These vehicles are based on the company’s all new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA).

As in the case of the larger Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) currently used for 90 series series cars, CMA enables production of not only conventional offerings, but plug-in hybrid and all-electric versions as well.

Earlier Volvo plug-in hybrids were based on the SPA platform (XC90 T8 Twin Engine, V90) and are are already on the market.  In 2019, an all-electric version will be added to the SPA lineup.

Now we hear word that the new CMA platform also will spawn a plug-in hybrid (front wheel drive T5 Twin Engine), and a new all-electric model.

The T5 Twin Engine will be equipped with new 3-cylinder petrol engine and a new 7-speed dual clutch transmission coupled to an electric motor.

Volvo T5 Twin Engine on CMA and T8 Twin Engine AWD on SPA

Volvo T5 Twin Engine on CMA and T8 Twin Engine AWD on SPA

“Today’s newly-revealed 40 series concepts demonstrate for the first time how Volvo plans to expand into the large and lucrative global market for premium small cars with a range of vehicles that combine bold exterior and interior design with industry-leading connectivity, electrification and autonomous drive technologies.

Volvo CMA Battery Electric Vehicle Technical Concept Study - 3/4 view

Volvo CMA Battery Electric Vehicle Technical Concept Study – 3/4 view

The new concept cars will be the first built around Volvo’s new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), which has been specially created for smaller cars and which has liberated the company’s designers and engineers to explore bold and daring new directions.”

“Volvo’s small car strategy is an essential element in its ongoing global operational and financial transformation. The Swedish company is currently implementing an ambitious revitalisation plan that will reposition the brand to compete with its global premium competitors within the next four years.

Volvo’s new global small car range will include a pure battery electric vehicle as well as Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain variants, in line with the company’s commitment to the electrification of its entire portfolio. Volvo plans to have sold a total of up to 1 million electrified cars by 2025 globally.”

Volvo CMA with T5 Twin Engine powertrain – 3/4 view

Volvo CMA with T5 Twin Engine powertrain – 3/4 view

“On top of their daring exterior design and electrified powertrain options, the new cars will also offer a full range of innovative connectivity services, plus the world’s most advanced standard package of safety features and ground breaking Scandinavian interior design.”

“The announcement of Volvo’s new global small car strategy comes on the back of a strong start to the year in terms of sales and profitability.

The company announced revenues for the first three months of the year rose 24 per cent year-on-year to SEK41.7bn, generating an operating profit of SEK3.1bn and an operating profit margin of 7.5 per cent. Global sales for the first quarter of 2016 increased 11.9 per cent to 120, 591 cars. Volvo has a medium term ambition to sell 800,000 cars a year, up from 503,000 in 2015.”

Dr Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research & Development said:

“By taking a modular approach to both vehicle architecture and powertrain development we have succeeded in leap-frogging many of the players in the premium segment. Our new battery electric powertrain variant opens yet another exciting chapter in the unfolding Volvo story.”

Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive said:

“The new 40 series cars have the potential to improve our market penetration in an important growing segment. An electric powertrain program including both a new compact Twin Engine plug-in hybrid as well as a pure electric car are central to the CMA architecture.”

Volvo Concept 40.1 front seven-eights

Volvo Concept 40.1 front seven-eights

Volvo Concept 40.1 profile

Volvo Concept 40.1 profile

Volvo Concept 40.1 rear three-quarters

Volvo Concept 40.1 rear three-quarters

Volvo Concept 40.1 rear quarter high

Volvo Concept 40.1 rear quarter high

Volvo Concept 40.2 front quarter low

Volvo Concept 40.2 front quarter low

Volvo Concept 40.2 profile

Volvo Concept 40.2 profile

Volvo Concept 40.2 rear quarter high

Volvo Concept 40.2 rear quarter high

Volvo Concept 40.2 rear quarter low

Volvo Concept 40.2 rear quarter low

Volvo Concept 40.2 front

Volvo Concept 40.2 front

Volvo CMA Battery Electric Vehicle Technical Concept Study - 3/4 view

Volvo CMA Battery Electric Vehicle Technical Concept Study – 3/4 view

Volvo CMA Battery Electric Vehicle Technical Concept Study - Top view

Volvo CMA Battery Electric Vehicle Technical Concept Study – Top view

Volvo CMA with T5 Twin Engine powertrain – 3/4 view

Volvo CMA with T5 Twin Engine powertrain – 3/4 view

Volvo CMA with T5 Twin Engine powertrain – Top view

Volvo CMA with T5 Twin Engine powertrain – Top view

Volvo T5 Twin Engine - Regenerative braking

Volvo T5 Twin Engine – Regenerative braking

Volvo T5 Twin Engine - hybridised 7 speed Dual Clutch Transmission

Volvo T5 Twin Engine – hybridised 7 speed Dual Clutch Transmission

Volvo T5 Twin Engine – hybridised 7DCT schematic

Volvo T5 Twin Engine – hybridised 7DCT schematic

Volvo IntelliSafe on CMA – the core of Volvo safety

Volvo IntelliSafe on CMA – the core of Volvo safety

Volvo T5 Twin Engine Lithium-ion battery - exposed interior view

Volvo T5 Twin Engine Lithium-ion battery – exposed interior view

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28 responses to "New Volvo 40 Series To Get Plug-In Hybrid And Pure Electric Versions"

  1. Jeffrey Songster says:

    Great to see Volvo waking up again and deciding to get on the EV and PHEV train. I hope they really crank up the safety features they used to really lead on. Seems that others have taken lead position from them for some time.

    1. Mikael says:

      Volvo has never left the front line in safety, they are still very much in the lead.

      1. ModernMarvelFan says:

        Exactly!

        That is why a 12 year old Volvo XC90 still aced the new IIHS small offset frontal overlap crash test that was introduced in 2013 where many other traditional “safe” car models failed miserably.

        Volvo design cars to be safe. Passing the crash test is just a formality. Other car makers design cars to pass safety crash tests… (Honda, Toyota are perfect examples of that).

  2. VazzedUp says:

    Hopefully the range is up to snuff, as the design is sweet.

  3. Doug Bostrom says:

    “Daring” meaning impossible to reverse safely without a camera, radar and all sorts of other things collectively slightly less effective than human eyes. No the company it used to be.

    1. jff says:

      it’s only a concept

    2. Stephen Hodges says:

      Yes, Daring = “style and fashion” = will-date-really-fast.

      1. Doug Bostrom says:

        Per JFF I should at least acknowledge that the Volt concept looked like the Batmobile and was something I’d never buy even though I claim not to care what my car looks like. Happily the Volt in my driveway is not at all so absurd.

        So why do manufacturers waste money by letting kids in fashionable eyeglasses and skinny (or fat, pick the decade) pants doodle in 3D reality? I don’t get it. Take the Volt as a case in point: the production vehicle really has nothing in common with the flashy prototype except for 4 wheels. What gives?

        1. Foo says:

          Damn hipsters.

  4. David Murray says:

    The batteries look small. So I’m thinking less than 20 miles range.

    1. thanksforthat says:

      Range 260km for the ev and 50km for the hybrid.

      1. arne-nl says:

        NEDC?

  5. thanksforthat says:

    nice, I want the 40,1.

  6. evcarnuts says:

    True “EV’s Don’t Have/Need Grills.. The Setup Looks to be that of a Compliance vehicle style…BTW…What happened to the brainstorm TOTALLY Insane In Wheel Hub Motors? LMAO ..what a Joke They were…

  7. LJ Grzyl says:

    That would be truly lovely, 2015 v40 was my favourite non electric company car. Size wise, internal design and looks was my very favourite, easily beating a-class, q30 , 1-series and all the biggers ones, since I do not like big cars anyway! 60kwh battery please!

  8. Murrysville EV says:

    I like the 40.2 with EV drivetrain. It could be a nice competitor to the Model 3.

  9. Rick Bronson says:

    Wow, real nice looks. Is that a sedan or Tesla style hatchback.

    Don’t sell the Sedan as the market is dwindling in China, USA & Europe for these vehicle and its the 5 door vehicles that are becoming popular.

  10. D says:

    Am I the only one who thinks it looks a lot better than a Model X?

    1. VazzedUp says:

      Its also a lot smaller.

    2. John in AA says:

      Yes.

  11. Speculawyer says:

    Volvo….what are you doing?

    Skateboard or fail.

  12. Apkungen says:

    Volvo v60 plug in was the first though. It’s been out for years.

    I think the cars are ok, especially the sedan, but they need tp be lowered though. The gap between car boddy and the wheels look wierd.

  13. Priusmaniac says:

    It is too bad that they seem to have adopted the GM Voltec battery configuration instead of the all flat Tesla one, which could give the same problems for seating five as in the Volt.

    1. Mikael says:

      There is no problem seating 5 with the CMA- or SPA-platform. The design flaw of the Volt is pretty unique.

    2. David Murray says:

      Flat isn’t always better either. This is especially true if you have a car that sits low to the ground. The Tesla roadster did not have a flat pack either. And I’m willing to bet when they come out with a 2nd generation roadster, it will not use a flat pack.

  14. Mikael says:

    So when these cars come next year then you can get the V40, XC40, XC90, V90, S90, V60 as plug-ins.
    They will soon show the V90 Cross Country (old XC70)

    Then it’s just the S60, the XC60, V60 Cross Country and S60 Cross Country left of Volvo models that you can’t buy with a plug.
    At least the new XC60 will come next year but we are probably into 2018 before all 60-series models are on the new platform.

    First traditional car manufacturer to offer a plug to all models.

  15. LOL says:

    Looking at these Volvo concepts only one thing comes to my mind – Tesla Model Y is in the works. Volvo is cute, but stands no chance against SC network, unless they launch some ultra fast wireless charging peer. Now we can expect a flood of other carmakers’ electric CUVs.

  16. ModernMarvelFan says:

    It is actually amazing to sell a relatively small automakers commit this much to PEVs as Volvo has done considering its traditional ICE past.

    But Volvo was one of the first EV maker to bring up the clean ethanol heater onboard the EVs. Maybe they can think outside the box for sure.