In its renewed version, the C40 Recharge has changed a lot, with the drive system and its efficiency in the foreground, with an impressive power that reaches 408 hp and a range that reaches 580 kilometers at its highest price.
As soon as we passed her door electric drive, that’s how quickly she seems to evolve, moving to the next stage. THE Volvo is one of the automakers that already went a step further by introducing changes to purely electric SUV her or as she prefers to call it SAC (Sport Activity Coupe)due to its sporty character, but also its special coupé design.
On the order and regarding the renewed Volvo C40 Recharge, the Swedish brand made changes regarding performance and transmission. More specifically, the movement passed to rear wheelsinstead of the front ones, in terms of the two-wheeled versions of the model, with the power amounting to 238 or 252 hp. Autonomy went up to 485 kilometers as for the rear-wheel drive version of 238 horsepower with the one electric motor.
In the version Extended Range also rear-wheel drive, with battery 82 kWh and performance 252 horsepowerthe autonomy reaches the astonishing number of 580 kilometers, with a single charge. Both versions accelerate from a standstill to the first 100 km/h in 7.4 seconds. The cooling circuit has been upgraded so that the battery maintains its efficiency while now being able to charge faster charging valid until 200 kW.
Indicative with direct current 150 kW the rear-wheel drive version with a range of 485 kilometers replenishes energy from 10% to 80% in just 27 minutes of time. Depending on a home AC charger 11 kWwhich accompanies the car, the time for a full charge is 7 hours and 8 hours for the big version.
In the explosive version C40 Recharge Twin Motor with the two electric motors the performance reaches the unreal price of 408 horsepower and 670 Nm of torque (+10 Nm), which gives the coupe SUV of the Swedish brand breathtaking performance. Indicatively, it requires just 4.7 seconds for standard acceleration 0-100 km/hwith the maximum speed to is limited electronically at 180 km/h.
The difference at this stage focuses on the performance of the two permanent magnet electric motors, which now have backwards philosophyas the front engine delivers 117 kW (159 horsepower) and the back 183 kW (249 horsepower), instead of 150 kW (204 hp) that the two engines produced in the previous generation.
This also works beneficially in road behavior of the car, as you can easily see, with the rear part having more power to supplement the steering wheel in the turns and if you decide to take advantage of the possibility to “turn” with the gas. Something we found in the car we had at our disposal, the big one C40 Recharge Twin Motor.
THE suspension with McPherson struts at the front and multi-links at the rear, it’s set up tight and helps manage power well. The big» C40 Recharge it hits the road positively, promoting, like almost all Volvos, comfort and ride quality. THE tight feeling dominates, without tiring in all cases. It is not a GTi but an amazingly fast model that you will enjoy its explosive accelerations, which you hardly expect from a car that weighs 2,185 kg.
As for the autonomy announced by the manufacturer for the powerful version, it reaches 549 kilometerswith the consumption being 13 kWh city 13.2 kWh average and combined 17,4 kWh. Prices that you will hardly see if you are captivated by the incredible “gas” it has, with the accelerations that are dizzying with each press of the right pedal. After you get over the first shock, with the unimaginable power of the Swedish… jewelry, you find that it is more friendly in everyday lifeas far as the absolute performance numbers, -which focus on performance-, suggest.
Returning to the “small” versions, its consumption introduction with the one engine it is 11,2 kWh in the city, 11.4 kWh at its average price, and 16.2 kWh at the combined price. In Extended Range version consumption is formed on 12,2 kWh in the city, 12.4 kWh in its average price and 16.4 kWh in the combined price.
Common denominator the dimensionswith its length amounting to 4,440 mm, the width 1,591 mm. and the height of 1,873 mm, with a wheelbase of 2,702 mm. Its aesthetics remain unchanged, with the coupe shape giving points to its image and the Swedes now investing in the individual points concerning the aerodynamics which is presented improved and contribute to the better efficiency of the model. Indicatively the rims new design were designed to help in turn reduce drag.
In the interior the architecture is the same, with the minimalistic approach to dominate. THE technology freely given, it is updated and is strongly emphasized by the large vertical central 9 inch touch screenwhich provides the possibility of handling even when wearing gloves, giving access to Google services, such as Google Assistant, Google Maps and Google Play Store. The vertical layout of the individual sections offers direct visual contact with the menus and makes the system easier to use.
The driver sits high, as befits a large SUV, with a digital screen in front of him 12 inch diagonalwhich plays its role instrument panel. All the information about the car is displayed there, while it has the option adjustment to the driver’s needs and the current driving situation. The imaging programs are two, Calm and Naviwith the information displayed in each matching the logic implied by their name.
The spaces are plenty for four people, while it will serve the needs of even five people, as the flat floor does not create a step on the floor and an obstacle for the middle passenger’s feet. The volume of the luggage compartment is 413 literswhile with the folding of the rear seats it reaches 1,205 liters. Another little one front spacethe so-called “frunk” will provide a solution to the storage of charging cables or alternatively accommodate a backpack.
The Swedish company made the good better, with the new Volvo C40 Recharge coming more read. It is clearly more efficient, but also more focused on driving, while remaining luxurious, quality and technologically loaded. THE introduction of edition costs 55,924 euroswhile Extended Range is charged with 1,984 euros and reaches 57,908 euroswith the top one Twin Motor to cost 63,364 euros. Beneficiaries of the program subsidy “I Move Electric 2» prices are reduced by 8,000 euroswhile there is also n withdrawal old vehicle, with extra benefit 1,000 euros. In any case the car is covered by 5 years or 100,000 kilometers warrantywhile regarding the battery apply, 8 years or 160,000 kilometers, whichever comes first.
Photos: Thanos Iliopoulos