All-Electric Version Of Volvo’s New V40 Will Come With Two Battery Sizes

Volvo is reportedly planning a replacement for the V40, its contender in the compact hatch segment that goes against the likes of the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus, among others.

Expected to incorporate design elements from the 40.2 Concept that was shown last May, it will, according to AutoExpress, be underpinned by the same architecture as the new XC40 and will likely retain the same wheelbase length as well, thus making its interior more spacious than the current model’s.

Adopting the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) will give the new V40 access to a variety of engines. These include the D3 and D4 four-cylinder diesels alongside the T4 and T5 petrol units.

Moreover, since the platform has been developed with electrification in mind, the Swedish company’s compact hatch will go down the electrification route as well, with plug-in hybrid and pure-electric versions of the car, similar to those of its SUV sibling.

Volvo’s new hatch will also be offered with “at least two different battery sizes”, Volvo’s chief of R&D, Henrik Green, told the British publication, adding that “the base variant will be more cost-efficient, but with a slightly limited range”, whereas the “bigger option” will have “a higher price, but more range and more power”.

Although it’s unclear when exactly Volvo plans to introduce the successor of the compact hatchback, we’re probably looking at either 2019 or 2020.

The zero-emission variants of the XC40 and V40 won’t be the brand’s first fully-electric products underpinned by the CMA architecture, as this role is reserved for the Polestar 2 performance saloon, which is expected to arrive in the second half of 2019.

Note: Volvo 40.2 Concept Saloon pictured


  • JBsC6

    Volvos sent to america from china need to pay the same 25 percent tariff to the US government that the Chinese impose on American automobiles shipped to china for at least a decade.

    • Benjamin B.

      Because of politicians like you we can’t have nice things. Why can’t we give the proper free market a chance? For once.

      • LWOAP

        Because then they can’t have a monopoly and make billions of dollars in profits whilst getting them delicious tax breaks.

      • BlackDiamond

        25% is cheap compared to other parts of the world where we pay 100% tariff.

  • TheBelltower

    I’m fine with an iPhone from China. But would never consider spending real money on Chinese products, like a car.

    • BlackDiamond

      Until you find out that most parts of American, European, and Japanese cars are made in China. They are just assembled outside of China.

      • TheBelltower

        I’m sure you’re right.

    • Bash

      I can assure you that perhaps 90% of everything you use now is already been made or assembled in china or by Chinese people.

  • Benjamin B.

    I would consider getting this car to replace my DD. The I really liked the XC40 at the LA Auto Show.

  • fathornyblackandjoe

    Impressive design work! Can’t wait to see this in person.

  • Flash news : at the last second Volvo will take off the Logo and say, “hey meet the new Polestar 2”. Yes it will just be a Volvo without a badge, but no it won’t be a Volvo.

  • Mynameis Taylor

    I love the look of this car

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