The Volvo XC40 Recharge: India Launch Delayed?

The global Semiconductor shortage has soiled another Auto Giant's launch plans for 2021. Volvo XC40 Recharge which was all set to debut on 16th October 2021 is now deferred to early 2022.

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Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 AWD in Glacier Silver

The Volvo XC40 Recharge is one of the most anticipated electric cars that Indians are looking forward to. Volvo has now deferred its launch from October 2021 to early 2022. Even the pre-booking start date has been delayed from June 2021 to early next year.

This move is thought to be an aftermath of the global semiconductor shortage that has been the cause of misery for the auto giants all over the planet. Electric mobility giants like Tesla have been haunted by this global scarcity to the extent that it is now threatening complete shut-down of some of its manufacturing units. As a result, Tesla has also been delaying its much-anticipated Indian debut.

It’s worth mentioning that the Volvo XC40 Recharge is an important milestone for the Swedish luxury carmaker in the electric vehicle (EV) segment. It will officially kickstart Volvo’s journey towards e-mobility. The electric SUV is designed just like the Petrol XC40, with the difference that it is equipped with an electric motor instead of a petrol engine.

Volvo XC40 Recharge Configuration

Volvo XC40 Recharge: 0-80% juice-up in just 40 minutes!

The E-SUV’s 78kWh battery pack fuels two electric motors fitted in the car. Coupled to each other, they produce 408PS and 660Nm power and torque respectively that allows the XC40 Recharge to pump up from 0-100 kmph in just 4.9 seconds! Interestingly, this power figure is equivalent to two 2-litre petrol engines in the same Petrol-run XC40.

The XC40 also boasts of fast charging capability that can juice up from 0-80% in a record time of just 40 minutes! As fast as the Flash! It can sprint for 419km in a single charge as per the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) cycle.

Volvo XC40 Recharge | Closed-off Front Grille

Coming to the exterior features, XC40 gets some stunning design elements. The coolest among them is the closed-off front grille for better aerodynamics. Larger alloy wheels make it look bigger and more rugged than its petrol-fueled counterpart.

Volvo XC40 Recharge: The Better Infotainment System

The cabin layout however has a little variation between both the trims. The XC40 Recharge is equipped with a more advanced and way more cooler Google Android OS Infotainment system with built-in google apps. This feature will greatly reduce the need for a smartphone to access Android or other connected features since it will be a standalone system. With its innovative Infotainment pack, the XC40 Electric’s infotainment system will be able to have timely software updates, which will keep the electric SUV’s system top-notch. This is a return blow by Volvo against rival car infotainment systems like Kia’s UVO Connect for the Seltos, Hyundai’s Blue Link, and Mercedes Me Connect.

Expected Price: Around 60 lakh (ex-showroom)

Color Variants: Two options – Sage Green and Glacier Silver

Direct Rivals: Audi e-Tron, Mercedes-Benz EQC, and Jaguar I-Pace. All of them have heavier price tags than the XC40 Recharge.

This news comes as a disappointment for those potential customers that must have been planning to get their hands on the impressive set of wheels. Stay tuned to the latest auto news and featured articles only on www.carjasoos.com.

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