Volvo Updates XC40 Recharge, C40 Gets Single-Motor Trim | Edmunds

  • The XC40 Recharge gets a new face.
  • The C40 is now available with just one electric motor.
  • Both updates aren’t confirmed for the U.S. market, though.

Volvo’s only two electric vehicles are getting some midcycle updates. The XC40 Recharge and its swoopier sibling, the C40 Recharge, are both getting small but significant updates in other markets. Volvo hasn’t confirmed that these updates will make their way to cars sold in the States, but we believe that the 2023 model-year versions of these electric SUVs will see these same changes applied.

The big news is that the Volvo C40 can now be had with just one electric motor. It rests on the front axle and serves as a more affordable alternative to the dual-motor version that’s been on sale for the last year. The single motor is fed by a slightly smaller 69-kWh battery pack and Volvo says range is approximately 270 miles on the European test cycle. You can expect that number to fall if (or when) the front-wheel-drive version of the C40 comes to the U.S. market because typically the EPA’s range estimates are lower.

As a little refresher, the EPA estimates the dual-motor C40 Recharge gets 225 miles of range on a single charge.

The XC40 is the more conventionally styled version of the two EVs, as it lacks the C40’s swooping rear deck. It gets a slight nip and tuck around the exterior to bring it in line with the updates the gas-powered XC40 received late last year. There’s a new headlight design that features pixel LED technology, a reworked front bumper and a new, frameless grille. Volvo also said there will be new colors for both the interior and exterior for buyers to choose from.

Edmunds says

The changes are all relatively small, but a cheaper version of the C40 might bring more buyers into Volvo’s showrooms as EVs become less novel.

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