Volvo To Offer 2 Pure Electric Versions Of V40, One Likely To Boast 250-Mile Range

JAN 14 2018 BY CHRIS BRUCE 7

Volvo Concept 40.2 profile

PHEV version coming too.

Since Volvo now has a complete range of new SUVs from the big XC90 to the little XC40, plus the S90 and V90 at the top of the range, it’s now time for the brand to update the smaller cars in its lineup. Testing for the new S60 and V60 is already underway, and Volvo execs know exactly what they want from the new V40, according to Auto Express.

The V40 will share its CMA (Compact Modular Architecture) platform with the XC40, and they’ll have the same wheelbase, too. In fact, Volvo will be able to use a significant number of components in both vehicles, including their powertrains and infotainment systems.

Volvo Concept 40.2 rear quarter high

The V40 will be available from launch with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. A plug-in hybrid will potentially be available from the beginning, but if not it will join the lineup soon afterward. Europeans will have diesel options, too. Later, there will be a fully electric variant with its own powertrain options.

“For each electric car, we will typically have at least two different battery sizes on offer,” Henrik Green, Volvo, head of research and development, told Auto Express. “The base variant will be more cost-efficient, but with a slightly limited range, and then there will be a bigger option with a higher price, but more range and more power.”

Volvo will launch a full EV on the CMA platform in 2019 and will build it in China. The model will have a 100 kilowatt-hour battery that will offer a minimum of a 250-mile (402-kilometer) range

Where the XC40 shares styling cues with the 40.1 concept, expect the V40 to look like the 40.2 but with a hatchback rather than a trunk – that’s for the S40. Each of these vehicles should have a different feel from behind the wheel, though.

“XC40 aims for an urban environment, giving you comfort and also the commanding view in the traffic and at junctions,” Green told Auto Express. “But we don’t have to follow this approach with other 40-series models that are coming.”

Volvo intends to give its 40-series models more adventurous styling than the larger vehicles in the lineup. The brand wants to keep its smaller products from looking like shrunken versions of the bigger ones.

Source: Auto Express

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7 Comments on "Volvo To Offer 2 Pure Electric Versions Of V40, One Likely To Boast 250-Mile Range"

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seth

A bit awkward that it doesn’t like anything like the current V40. Normally Volvo uses the V designations for the station wagons and the S designations for the sedans.

Something like a XV70 model electric would appeal to quite a few folks in Scandinavia. It’s the V70 wagon model, but 1 inch higher ground clearance and with AWD. It’s one of their most popular models. Looks like it’s almost entirely replaced by the XC series which is quite a bit taller.

I’d rather have the taller wagon then a crossover. But i’m weird.

mx

Much better. A sport wagon is the best configuration.

mx

SUV’s have that funny, reverse pendulum effect.
Road dip cause the cabin to move more the higher you’re off the road. Can turn your brains into jelly on rough bad road.
Lower to the ground is better.

menorman

How much bigger/heavier than Bolt? GM is able to push 240 miles out of 60 kWh and the Model 3 LR only has ~75 kWh for north of 310. So I’d think that with a 100 kWh battery, they can manage to find at least 300 miles of (EPA) range, no?

Murrysville EV

Agreed. I hope they’re not wasting all that battery on a monster with 450 HP. A V40.2 with 250-300 HP should be able to go 300+ miles on a 100 kWh battery.

Jim stack

I’ll be glad to test drive the all electric V40. Every electric needs to have a desert heat test. Our Phoenix area is the prefect place for testing.