2024 Volvo XC40, C40 Recharge electric SUVs updated this year in Australia

2024 Volvo XC40, C40 Recharge electric SUVs updated this year in Australia

The Volvo XC40 and C40 Recharge 2024 electric vehicles are the first rear-wheel drive Volvos in 25 years, thanks to updates that increase performance and range.

updates of Charge 2024 Volvo XC40 and C40 – planned in Australia by October this year – will give the electric cars more range for the new year and make them the first rear-wheel drive Volvos in 25 years.

The 2024 model year updates – which appeared on Volvo websites in Europe late last year but have now been detailed by the automaker – come months after a facelifted XC40 and the all-new C40 went on sale in Australia.

A spokesman for Volvo Australia said drive Recently, the updated C40 Recharge and XC40 Recharge Pure Electric models will be available in local showrooms in Q3 2023 (July to September).

It represents the second annual update in a row for the electric XC40 – as it was launched in Australia for model year 2022 and received a facelift, new features and a cheaper single engine variant for MY23.

Leading the upgrades is a switch from front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive for the entry-level single-engine versions – which represent the first rear-wheel-drive Volvos in 25 years since the big S90 and V90 (formerly 960) cars were discontinued in 1998.

The now rear-mounted electric motor now develops 175kW (from 170kW) and is linked to an optimized 69kWh battery with transfer capacity but improved ‘cooling efficiency’.

According to Volvo, the range in European WLTP tests has increased from 425 km to up to 460 km for the XC40 or 438 km to 476 km for the C40.

The single-engine cars can be charged quickly from 10 to 80 percent in 34 minutes using a 130 kW DC socket.

For the first time, the single engine options can be specified with the twin engine version’s larger 82kWh battery pack (4kWh more than the 2023 twin engine battery pack), which also includes a more powerful 185kW electric motor.

The WLTP range in the extended-range single-engine variant is specified as up to 515 km for the XC40 or 533 km for the C40.

Meanwhile, the twin-engine models move from two 150kW electric motors – one on each axle – to a 183kW permanent magnet electric motor at the rear and a 117kW asynchronous electric motor at the front.

Volvo claims that this – coupled with “overall battery cooling efficiency improvements” – increases the WLTP lab tested range from 438km to 500km for the twin-engine XC40 or from 451km to 507km for the twin-engine C40.

Charging power for all models with the 82kWh battery – including the existing two-motor models – has been increased from 150kW to 200kW, which should reduce the 10-80% fast charge time to “approximately” 28 minutes.

Other optimizations for the 2024 model year are limited to a new 19-inch wheel design for the entry-level XC40 and C40 Recharge, which is said to reduce drag.

the 2024 Volvo XC40 Recharge purely electric and 2024 Volvo C40 charging Electric vehicles are scheduled to appear in Australian showrooms between July and September 2023.

Price increases are likely to accommodate the mechanical upgrades. Current 2023 models will start at $72,990 plus road cost for the single-engine XC40 or $74,990 plus road cost for the C40.

Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017 when he launched his own website Redline. He worked for Drive in 2018 before joining CarAdvice in 2019 and becoming a regular journalist on the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role in Alex’s life, from leafing through car magazines at a young age to growing up surrounded by performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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