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Volvo gearing up to launch fully electric XC40 SUV

Written by Parichay Malvankar

Volvo is all set to reveal the XC40 SUV in a fully electric guise on October 16, 2019. Ahead of its official debut, the brand will be sharing more details to build up some buzz around this product which will be the first fully electric car from Volvo. The batter-powered Volvo XC40 SUV will be sold along with the fuel burning variants, till the world is ready for pure electrics.

Typical of any other EV, the Volvo XC40 will also move without having to sip on petrol or diesel and will have the batteries placed in the floor to optimise space. With this, there will be no tailpipe emissions and neither will there be a need for a huge front grille for cooling efficiency. Additionally, with the internal combustion engine being absent in the engine bay, there will be more room for storage under the hood, which a lot of people refer to as ‘frunk’ with a capacity of 30L (front trunk).

Volvo promises typical Scandinavian design which people have started to love. The images shared so far do reveal the Thor’s Hammer LED DRLs with LED headlamps, LED tail lamps typical of Volvo design, Volvo badge on a flat plate replacing the grille, housing for fog lamps on the front bumper, Volvo lettering on the tailgate, roof rails, charging point under the conventional fuel filler cap, small storage under the hood, etc.

The Volvo XC40 SUV will come with a distinct identity as the front grille will come in body colour as there is less need for venting for cooling. The grille will also pack in sensors for the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) system. The XC40 EV will be sold in 8 body colours and a new metallic green option. There will be an option of 19″ & 20″ alloy wheels for personalisation and also a contrast painted roof.

On the inside, Volvo will make use of recycled materials for the carpets and an all-new driver interface which will share critical data related to the battery system.

The Volvo XC40 EV was first revealed as the 40.1 Concept in 2016 and will be a smart Volvo compact car for the global markets. Built on the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) from Volvo, the battery pack integrated with the floor will not hamper the interior cabin space. There will also be more storage in the doors andunder the seats with fold out hooks for small bags as well along with a removable waste bin in the floor tunnel area.

Volvo XC40 BEV design sketch

Volvo XC40 BEV design sketch

Volvo XC40 BEV design sketch