The Volvo XC40 is a compact crossover that slots just beneath the larger XC60. It’s currently available only with a gas engine, but Volvo plans to change that with the introduction of a full-electric XC40 by the end of the year.
Volvo has previously stated it plans to have electric vehicles make up half of its global sales by 2025. The problem is they don’t sell any right now. At a recent safety event, Volvo confirmed to Automotive News Europe the XC40 will be the first all-electric Volvo.
Although this is the first electric bearing the Volvo badge, it’s the second announced electric from Volvo Car Group. The first will be the Polestar 2, which is Volvo’s standalone electric brand.
In addition to introducing an electric XC40, Volvo also plans to add two plug-in hybrids to the XC40 lineup. There will be both a T4 and T5 plug-in hybrid version of the XC40 making it a lineup that has something for everyone.
Details on the electric XC40 were scare, beyond confirmation that it will be coming by the end of the year. The XC40 is Volvo’s second-best seller behind the XC60 so fleshing out the lineup is a solid strategy.
Not everyone is ready to go electric, but the XC40 clearly has quite a lot of fans. Making the jump to electric is a bit easier when the car in question is one people want to buy in the first place.
Compact crossovers are hugely popular with new models being introduced all the time. Whether you’re looking for a luxury brand or something affordable, there’s a compact crossover that fits your needs.
There are fewer choices if you go electric, but there are options out there. Volvo stepping up and offering the XC40 in this popular segment is a solid strategy.
What we don’t know is how well it will stack up to its competitors. There were no details announced on pricing or range, which are crucial factors when it comes time to buy an electric vehicle.
With the fist XC40 electric expected before the end of the year, we have only a matter of months to wait and see what Volvo has to offer.