2023 Volvo C40 Recharge: Single and dual-motor options in line for Australia

The sloped-roof, coupe-styled sibling to Volvo’s popular XC40 Recharge electric SUV, the C40, is in line for single- and dual-motor options once it arrives in Australia later this year.

The upcoming 2023 Volvo C40 Recharge electric small SUV appears set to offer a choice of single- and dual-motor powertrain options in Australia, once it goes on sale in the final months of 2022.

Revealed in March 2021, the C40 Recharge is the coupe-styled sibling to Volvo’s popular XC40 Recharge Pure Electric – sharing its platform, key body panels, interior and, in Australia, its mechanicals, with the coupe SUV expected to offer the same single- and dual-motor variants as its ‘wagon’ donor.

Speaking to Drive, a Volvo Australia spokesperson said: “If timing lines up for our market (which [Volvo Australia] believes it will) we want to offer both the single-motor as well as the twin-motor variants from start [of sales in late 2022].”

Entry-level single-motor models use one 170kW/330Nm motor driving the front wheels, connected to a 67kWh (usable) lithium-ion battery pack for a 7.4-second 0-100km/h time, 431km of claimed WLTP driving range and, like all Volvo models, a top speed of 160km/h.

Meanwhile, flagship dual-motor variants upgrade to two 150kW electric motors and a 78kWh battery, good for combined outputs of 300kW/660Nm, a 4.7-second dash from zero to 100km/h, and 437km of claimed WLTP range.

Prices for Australia are yet to be announced, however in the UK and Germany, C40 models cost approximately two per cent more than equivalent XC40 electric variants – suggesting a price premium in Australia of about $1500.

The facelifted 2023 XC40 Recharge Pure Electric range starts from $72,990 before on-road costs with one electric motor, or $79,990 before on-roads with two – correlating to $74,500 for the single-motor C40 or $81,500 for the dual-motor variant, assuming the C40s match the equipment levels of the XC40 variants.

Standard in the single-motor 2023 XC40 in Australia are features include 19-inch wheels, LED headlights, a 9.0-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, panoramic sunroof, and wireless smartphone charging.

The dual-motor (officially badged Twin Motor) model adds matrix ‘Pixel’ LED headlights, 20-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, and unique ‘sustainable’ seat upholstery.

The 2023 Volvo C40 Recharge is due to arrive in Australia in late 2022, with local pricing and specifications to be announced closer to launch.

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