Volvo Car Malaysia is about to introduce its second pure electric vehicle with the arrival of its C40 crossover. The local Malaysian launch for the Volvo C40 Recharge Pure Electric is scheduled for next month, on the 14th of December 2022.
The Volvo C40 is essentially the sportier version of their current XC40 Recharge Pure Electric as it gets a distinctive coupe roofline. Volvo Car Malaysia has been accepting registration of interest for the C40 EV on its website for a few months and you can still register to be among the first to know more about its availability.
The new C40 EV is expected to be offered as a CKD (Completely knocked down) model as part of the brand’s ambition to make Malaysia an EV hub. As reported by Paultan, the C40 was spotted testing around Shah Alam which is a sign that the new model is very likely to be assembled locally. It is worth highlighting that the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric is the first EV ever to be assembled in Malaysia.
There’s no official pricing at the moment but the C40 is expected to cost more than the current XC40 Recharge Pure Electric. The new facelifted Volvo XC40 EV 2023 with a refreshed blanked-off grill is currently priced at RM278,888, so we reckon that the C40 could be priced around the RM300,000 mark.
Similar to the XC40 EV, the C40 is expected to be offered as an AWD model with two electric motors pushing an insane 402hp and 600Nm of torque. The crossover claims to deliver an impressive 0-100km/h time of just 4.7 seconds but it is speed-limited to 180km/h. The 78kWh battery is rated to deliver up to 450km of range based on the WLTP cycle.
To juice up the battery, it supports up to 11kW AC charging which takes 8 hours to charge to full. Alternatively, you can look it up to 150kW DC fast charger which takes 35 minutes to charge from 10-80% in ideal temperatures.
While the inside looks virtually identical to the XC40 Recharge, Volvo claims that the C40 Recharge is the first Volvo with a 100% leather-free interior. The centre console still features a tablet-like display that runs on Google’s Android Automotive OS. Despite the sloping roof, the C40 has a slightly smaller boot of 413 litres versus 418 litres on the XC40, and you can fold the rear seats down to get 1,205 litres of space. If you need more, there’s an extra storage compartment under the hood which can hold an extra bag.
In case you missed it, Jonathan has recently reviewed the Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric, and you can read his full review or watch his video below: