It was in June earlier this year when Volvo unveiled its second electric vehicle, the C40 Recharge in India. And now, the carmaker has launched it at an introductory price tag of Rs 61.25 lakh, ex-showroom. Based on the same CMA platform of the XC40 Recharge, the C40 Recharge is the XC40 Recharge with a coupe-like body style.
It looks largely identical to the XC40 Recharge it is based on, including the similar clean face, Thor’s hammer LED DRLs and sharp-looking LED headlamps. The differences start with a horizontal fog lamp housing and the most visual difference- a sloping roofline.
Inside, it is packed with features such as a nine-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android OS and in-built Google Maps and Google Assistant. There’s also a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, powered front seats, a 360-degree camera, a panoramic sunroof and ADAS suite of advanced safety assists on offer.
Powering the C40 Recharge is the same 408PS/660Nm dual-motor AWD electric powertrain as the XC40 Recharge, which is juiced by a 78kWh battery pack. This is enough for a 0-100kmph sprint in 4.7 seconds as well as a WLTP-claimed range of 530km on a full charge. A fast charger allows a 10-80 percent charge in 27 minutes.
With this price tag, the Volvo C40 Recharge carries a premium of up to Rs 4.35 lakh over the XC40 Recharge which retails at Rs 56.90 lakh, ex-showroom. While there aren’t any direct rivals, it is an alternative EV to the likes of the Kia EV6 and the Hyundai IONIQ 5 in India.