The Volvo XC40 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid will soon no longer be in Australia, as the brand has scrapped its compact PHEV in favor of the upcoming Pure Electric version of the popular crossover.
Volvo Cars Australia confirmed with CarExpert The PHEV will not be offered as part of the refreshed 2023 XC40 lineup, after the model was removed from the local website.
“Our future is all-electric, so globally by 2030 we aim to have only all-electric vehicles in our product line. This being Australia, we want to lead and have aspirations/plans to reach that milestone even sooner,” said a spokesperson for Volvo Cars Australia.
“To that end, our focus is on Pure Electric, and the fact that we have a Single Engine variant coming soon to complement the Twin Engine variant of the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric, we continue to evolve the line. my product.”
Power in the XC40 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid comes from a 132kW / 265Nm The 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine is derived from the entry-level T3 (now overseas B3 with mild hybrid technology) combined with a 60kW / 160Nm electric motor and 10.7kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
The system output for the PHEV is 195kW, with drive to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The electric driving range is quoted around 45 km depending on specification.
In Australia, the XC40 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid starts at $66,990 plus on-road costs for the 2022 model year, about $10,000 less than the equivalent Pure Electric Recharge.
While the PHEV is being discontinued in Australia, it will continue to operate in other markets as part of the upgraded XC40 lineup.
From mid-2022Volvo will expand its XC40 Recharge Pure Electric offering to include both Single and Twin Engine variants of the all-electric SUV, to coincide with a mildly upgraded version.
XC40 rechargeable pure electric motor will be priced from $72,990 before on-roadand features 170kW / 330Nm The electric motor on the front axle is connected to a 69kWh the battery. The estimated range for the Single Engine variant is quoted at 380km for the Australian model, although global specifications state the powertrain offers a zero-emissions driving range of up to 416 km.
Meanwhile, the current Twin Motor variant has gone upmarket a bit, now priced at from $79,990 plus on-roadPacked full of features available as part of Ultimate specification – Single engine is provided with slightly less content More cutting level.
The dual-engine all-wheel drive system creates a 300kW and 660Nmgood for the 0-100 claim in 4.9 seconds and a driving range of 418 km from its greater 78kWh the battery.
Other changes as part of the facelift include a revised front end design taken from the related Volvo C40 Recharge, new alloy wheel designs and new leatherless trim. The brand’s new Android Automotive-based infotainment system will also be filtered out from the Recharge Pure Electric models.
Matrix-style Pixel LED headlights are also offered overseas, but according to the local configurator, it doesn’t appear that the feature is available at the moment – Pixel LED headlights remove Polestar from toldd 2 for new orders citing a lack of parts, so it could be the same problem for Volvo.
With the removal of the Recharge Plug-in Hybrid, the Volvo XC40 range will be sourced exclusively from China for 2023. The PHEV is the last model still to be supplied from the brand’s factory in Belgium.
Pricing and specifications for the broader XC40 range will be detailed in the coming months. Stay tuned CarExpert for all the latest information and let us know what you think in the comments section below.