Volvo Extends Electrified XC40 Options

Volvo has announced a second plug-in gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain for its XC40 compact SUV, boosting the full suite of electrified powertrain options.

The introduction of the XC40 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T4 will join two new mild-hybrid gasoline options added to the range, in the form of the new XC40 B4 and B5.

First European deliveries of the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric P8 is scheduled for early 2021 and sees the XC40 range now offering full battery-electric, gasoline electric, plug-in hybrid and mild-hybrid electrified gasoline options.

The XC40 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T4 system combines a 126bhp 1.5-liter gasoline engine, an 79bhp electric motor and 10.7kWh rechargeable lithium-ion battery to deliver a claimed all-electric driving range of up to 27 miles, meaning typical commuting journeys can be completed with zero tailpipe emissions and no fuel consumption. It is  married to a seven-speed automatic transmission and claims a WLTP rating CO2 emissions from just 47g/km and fuel economy of up to 134.5mpg (112mpg US).

New B4 and B5 mild-hybrid petrol powertrains feature a 48-volt battery to support a 2.0-liter gasoline engine. A kinetic energy recovery system and an integrated starter generator add to the overall efficiency. The new B4 produces 193bhp and is available with front- or all-wheel drive, while the 246bhp B5 comes exclusively with all-wheel drive. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on both.

Kristian Elvefors, Volvo Car UK managing director, said: “The addition of a second plug-in hybrid powertrain and the introduction of our first mild-hybrid petrols to the XC40 range is the latest step in Volvo Cars’ ambitious electrification strategy. Combined with the XC40’s existing strengths of striking design, ingenious packaging and advanced safety technology, these new powertrains make an already desirable car even more desirable.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_


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