The upcoming electric Volvo XC40 will have some key design changes that improve practicality.
Volvo may be late to the EV party, but the upcoming electric XC40 has the potential to set new safety standards for electric cars. Ahead of its debut in a few weeks, Volvo has outlined some of the unique design elements of its first-ever EV. While the sleek design language means it's still recognizable as an XC40, a few changes have been made to the exterior to distinguish the new electric variant. Obviously, there are no tailpipes or a large grille since there's no combustion engine to cool down.
"The roots of Scandinavian design are based on visual clarity and the reduction of element. The XC40 is a great example of this," explained Robin Page, head of design at Volvo Cars. "Its bold, instantly recognizable 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."
Further distinguishing the electric XC40 is a unique, covered front grille in body color that also packages the sensors for the new Advanced Driver Assistance Systems sensor platform. Eight exterior colors will be available, including a new Sage Green metallic option, while a contrasting black roof comes as standard. Two new 19-inch and 20-inch wheel options will also be available.
Inside, a brand new driver interface specifically designed for Volvo's electric cars displays key information such as the battery charge. Volvo also says the electric XC40's cabin will feature sporty styling details and carpets made of recycled material.
Compared to the combustion-powered model, the electric XC40 also offers more storage space in the doors and under the seats, along with a fold-out hook for small bags and a removable waste bin in the tunnel console. The lack of a combustion engine at the front has also enabled Volvo to add a "frunk" in the front hood providing around 1.05 cubic feet of extra load space since an electric motor takes up less space than a combustion engine.
Powertrain and pricing details are being kept under wraps, but the electric XC40 is expected to be cheaper than its rivals, the Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-Pace. Volvo will reveal more details about the electric XC40 before its official debut on October 16.