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The Volvo XC40 Recharge will be India’s first locally built luxury electric vehicle

In India, the all-electric SUV will debut in July, with deliveries beginning in October.

The XC40 Recharge, Volvo India’s first all-electric model, will be locally assembled at the company’s Hoskote plant near Bengaluru, Karnataka. The XC40 Recharge will go on sale in July 2022, with deliveries starting in October of this year.

As a result, Volvo becomes the first luxury carmaker in India to locally assemble electric vehicles; this is significant because it only means the XC40 Recharge will be priced competitively.

Volvo XC40 Recharge: local assembly confirmed

Almost all of Volvo India’s models are made in the country, and the XC40 Recharge will be the newest addition to the lineup. The flagship XC90, XC60, XC40, and S90 sedans are among the other models available. Only the S60 sedan is available as a full import in India.

Volvo XC40
Volvo XC40

Volvo, on the other hand, debuted the XC40 Recharge in the United States over a year ago, with a June 2021 launch date originally planned. However, due to a semiconductor shortage, the automaker later announced that the launch would be delayed until 2022.

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Volvo XC40 Recharge: a Brief Recap

The XC40 Recharge shares its Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) underpinnings with the regular SUV, so it retains the majority of its design with minor stylistic touches, such as the blanked-off grille, that distinguish it as the greener option.

It will also include a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, panoramic sunroof, hands-free tailgate, two-zone climate control, and an Android-powered touchscreen infotainment system, among other features.

Volvo XC40
Volvo XC40

With seven airbags, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitor, cross-traffic alert, 360-degree camera, auto parking, lane keep assist, and more, the XC40 Recharge will be a safe vehicle.

Two 204hp electric motors produce a combined 408hp and 660Nm of torque in the XC40 Recharge, resulting in all-wheel drive. The EV can sprint from zero to 100 kilometres per hour in 4.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 180 kilometres per hour. According to the European WLTP test cycle, the electric XC40 can travel 418 kilometres on a single charge thanks to a 78kWh under-floor battery pack.

The Volvo XC40 Recharge has already been tested in India. You can read or watch our review for a more detailed report.

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Volvo XC40: Rivals in India 

Volvo XC40
Volvo XC40

The XC40 Recharge is unlikely to face any direct competition when it launches. It will significantly undercut the prices of all other luxury EVs imported to India thanks to the local assembly. However, in terms of price, the recently launched BMW i4 (Rs 69.90 lakh, ex-showroom) and the Kia EV6 (Rs 59.95 lakh-64.5 lakh, ex-showroom) may be comparable.

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