New all-electric Volvo XC40 teased ahead of launch

Volvo has issued a fresh batch of teaser images for its forthcoming all-electric XC40, which is set to be revealed in mid-October

Volvo has announced that it will launch an all-electric version of the XC40 SUV on 16 October, with this latest suite of teaser images previewing its design. It will be the Swedish firm’s first pure-electric vehicle, which will join the brand’s new XC40  XC40 T5 plug-in hybrid in the model’s line-up when it goes on sale in late 2020.

Naturally, Volvo will issue this new XC40 with a handful of styling revisions to complement its all-electric powertrain. It’ll feature a reprofiled rear bumper with a blanked-off exhaust cut-out and a smoothed-over radiator grille. Volvo also says the shift to an all-electric powertrain will provide additional 30 litres of storage space under the SUV’s bonnet.

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Buyers will be offered a choice eight paint finishes, with each featuring a contrasting black roof as standard. Two unique alloy wheel designs will also be available in diameters of either 19 or 20 inches. The all-electric XC40’s design revisions continue in the SUV’s cabin with a new driver interface system and fresh carpets, made from recycled materials.

Volvo has extensively reconfigured the XC40’s underpinnings for this all-electric variant, claiming it will be “one of the safest cars on the road” despite the packaging and structural challenges posed by the absence of an internal combustion engine.

Chassis revisions include a redesigned and reinforced front crash structure, which adds additional strength to compensate for the lack of a conventional engine. Volvo has also developed a unique aluminium safety cell for the passenger compartment and battery support, which creates an extra crumple zone around the battery pack.

Volvo has also reworked the all-electric XC40’s rear subframe and crash structure to make space for the electric motor. The battery pack’s placement in the floor of the vehicle has also lowered the XC40’s centre of gravity, which Volvo says will offer better protection against roll-overs.

The all-electric XC40 will be the first vehicle to feature Volvo’s new Advanced Driver Assistance System, comprising an array of radars, cameras and ultrasonic sensors. Volvo says the technology is expandable and scalable, and that it lays the foundation for its future autonomous vehicles.

Details on the all-electric XC40’s powertrain remain sparse but, judging by Volvo’s series of renders, it will be four-wheel-drive with a pair of electric motors being used to drive the front and rear axles. Further specifications will be announced in the coming weeks.

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