Volvo brings back rear-wheel drive after 25 years with 2023 XC40, C40 RWD Recharge


A quarter of a century has passed since Volvo last sold a rear-wheel drive car. For the 2023 model year, RWD is back, but this time there’s no combustion engine. The updated XC40 and C40 Recharge models are offered with not one but two RWD versions with different electric motors and batteries. The base model has 235 hp (175 kW) with a 69 kWh package, while the more expensive version packs 248 hp (185 kW) and an 82 kWh battery.

Both RWD models accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 160 km/h. Sticking with the base version with the smaller battery gets you 460 kilometers of range on the WLTP cycle and 240 miles per EPA for the XC40 while its slimmer brother can travel 470 km or 245 miles. Opt for the larger package and the range jumps to 520 kilometers and 270 miles for the conventionally shaped electric crossover, while the C40 Recharge can cover 530 kilometers and 275 miles.

Volvo mentions that the 69 kWh battery can be charged from 10 to 80 percent in about 34 minutes on a 130 kW DC public charger. The larger battery pack can be charged at up to 200 kW (previously 150 kW), with the increase from 10 to 80 percent taking around 28 minutes in this case.

The twin-engine XC40 and C40 Recharge models will receive the 82 kWh battery and will cover WLTP-certified 500 kilometers in the case of the former and 510 kilometers in the latter. For the 2023MY, improved battery cooling implemented by Volvo engineers has improved range by up to 60 kilometers in the case of the XC40 Recharge AWD.

Elsewhere, the 2023 model year comes with redesigned 19-inch wheels, engineered by reducing drag for aerodynamic efficiency.

As a final note, Volvo installed a new two-phase onboard charger in the plug-in hybrid models of the ’60s and ’60s 90’s series this doubles the maximum charging power to 6.4 kW.



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