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Volvo XC40 P6 Recharge confirmed for SA market

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Swedish automaker Volvo has confirmed that its new pure-electric XC40 P6 Recharge will soon join its growing range of electric vehicles.

The XC40 P8 Recharge AWD is already available in South Africa with two electric motors – one for each axle – the P6 is moved by a single unit – permanently sealed and maintenance-free – mounted conventionally.

“With peak outputs of 170kW/330Nm,” Volvo says, “this new front-wheel-drive can call on performance sufficient for a seven-second sprint to 100km/h or cruise for 420km after which the driver can use the car’s 11kW onboard charger at home or at a public point.”


The P6 Recharge has a shift-by-wire, single-speed, transmission featuring a short gear ratio for “sprightly” launch acceleration, hill-climbing ability, and towing capacity the same as that of the twin-motor model – 1500kg (braked).

According to Greg Maruszewsi, Volvo Car SA’s MD, “the single-motor electric version of our popular compact SUV delivers a pleasing mix of performance and efficiency with a compelling option for customers looking to switch to a pure electric”.

COMING SOON TO SA: Volvo’s next electric luxury sedan. Image: Volvo SA

He added: “As does the twin-motor version, the XC40 P6 Recharge has tremendous on-road refinement, yet power sufficient to be exceedingly fun to drive. In addition, its high level of energy efficiency can produce a range in excess of *400km.”

This the latest launch as the brand’s newest pure electric, the automaker points out “will move us a step closer to our global ambition of becoming a fully electric automobile company by 2030”.

Local pricing and specs for the XC40 P6 Recharge will be released soon.

*Range is according to WLTP driving cycles – real-world range will vary.

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