The famous Swedish automotive maker, Volvo has finally revealed its upcoming electric small SUV concept, XC40 Electric. The company has revealed the new EV in terms of sketches which gives us a glimpse of the car. It will be Volvo’s first fully electric car which is scheduled to be launched this month. The company targets to increase by 50 per cent of its overall sales by producing complete EVs by 2025. They will soon come up with full-electric versions of its popular models.
So, they will be introducing an updated version of models and not working on the production of new models. The Volvo enthusiasts have high expectation from the updated models so, here’s what to foresee. According to the company, the upcoming XC40 EV will be updated in terms of underpinnings as well as exterior design. The facia of the small SUV will be updated to make it different from engined variant as the electric engine doesn’t need a big grille to cool the system.
The elimination of an internal combustion powertrain also benefits with extra space for extra storage space beneath the front bonnet. As seen on the first sketch, the front of the Volvo EV ditches the radiator grille which now gets covered front that will be practised to integrate the sensors for the high-level driver assistance systems. At the rear, the EV charging point is placed on the back pillar which was earlier noticed as fuel filler in the existing variants.
Commenting on the XC40 EV, Robin Page, head of design at Volvo Cars said, “The roots of Scandinavian design are based on visual clarity and the reduction of element. The XC40 is a great example of this. Its bold, instantly recognisable design is now even sleeker and more modern in the all-electric version. Without the need for a grille we have created an even cleaner and more modern face, while the lack of tailpipes does the same at the rear. This is the approach we will explore more and more as we continue down the road of electrification.”
Volvo XC40 EV will come with a new driver interface feature which is exclusively for its electric range. The grille also organised aggregates the sensors for the new Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) sensor platform. The feature will be available for two new 19 inches and 20 inches wheel variants. The car will be offered in a total of eight exterior shades, comprising an attractive looking new Sage Green metallic shade.
The upcoming EV version comes with a contrasting black roof as standard. Inside the cabin, the car gets a new “sporty styling details” and carpets fabricated from recycled elements. It is based on the 2016 electric 40.1 Concept which indicates the brilliance of the company’s employees. It is developed on the company’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA). The battery pack is equipped into the floor of the vehicle which doesn’t compromise with the cabin room.
The company claims that the cabin is the main attraction of XC40 which comes with exciting functional storage room in the doors and below the seats, a fold-out hook for small bags and a detachable waste bin in the tunnel console. The electric XC40 comes with a distinct front-load section (or ‘frunk’) positioned below the front bonnet which offers 30 litres of the extra load area. Volvo Cars will debut its upcoming vehicle on October 16, before its official launch.
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