Volvo revealed rear-wheel-drive variations of its C40 Recharge and XC40 Recharge for Europe just a few months in the past, however mum was the phrase on U.S. availability. That modifications at the moment, as Volvo simply debuted a bunch of updates and modifications coming to the electrical SUVs bought right here.
The massive, new providing is that each the 2024 C40 Recharge and 2024 XC40 Recharge shall be out there in entry-level rear-wheel-drive fashions. Volvo developed a brand new and extra environment friendly 248 horsepower electrical motor that may sit on the rear axle for these fashions. The battery pack can also be up to date to be extra vitality dense, so it’s now an 82 kilowatt-hour pack as a substitute of a 78 kWh pack. Mix the extra environment friendly motor with the larger battery pack, and vary skyrockets previous the previous AWD fashions. On this RWD configuration, the 2024 C40 Recharge is EPA-rated for 297 miles of vary, and the XC40 Recharge at 293 miles.
Moreover, the charging expertise ought to be significantly improved, as Volvo says it’s upgraded the utmost cost pace to 200 kW as a substitute of the 150 kW it may handle beforehand. A ten-80% cost ought to now take roughly 28 minutes as a substitute of the 40 minutes Volvo estimated beforehand. That’s going to make an enormous distinction in the event you’re street tripping with a number of stops.
The twin-motor AWD model of each automobiles are getting some updates, too. As a substitute of the an identical motors on the entrance and rear axle, Volvo is placing its new 248 horsepower motor on the rear and a decrease energy 147 horsepower motor on the entrance axle. That entrance motor is barely engaged when it’s wanted, so Volvo says this up to date AWD mannequin shall be extra environment friendly than earlier than. Sadly, each the C40 and XC40 Recharge AWD fashions will retain the previous 78 kWh battery pack. This additionally means they’re saddled with the slower 150 kW cost pace. That mentioned, the effectivity enhancements from the brand new electrical motor setup means vary will increase anyway. It goes up by 31 miles for the C40 Recharge to 257 miles, and by 21 miles for the XC40 Recharge to 254 miles.
Different updates to the C40 Recharge and XC40 Recharge fashions embrace a brand new 19-inch aero wheel possibility, extra paint colours and extra exterior themes to select from. Up to date pricing shouldn’t be but out there.