Volvo Cars Philippines has officially launched its new “twin models” as they call it as a way for the Swedish luxury automaker to enter the electric era. Say hello to the 2024 Volvo XC40 and C40 Recharge, their first electric vehicles (EVs) in the Philippines.
With both cars sharing the same Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform, the XC40 and C40 are closely related vehicles, with the C40 being the more rakishly styled of the two with its sloped roofline. Both models that were brought into the Philippines are the facelifted models that debuted in 2022. They come with the brand’s signature “Thor’s hammer” LED headlights that are now slimmer than before and enhanced with pixel LED adaptive headlight technology.
As with most EVs, the XC40 and C40 Recharge have a closed-off grille, and thankfully, Volvo’s engineers were able to engineer a front trunk for these vehicles despite its CMA platform still taking into account the need for an internal combustion engine (ICE).
Keeping in line with the theme of sustainability, buyers of the 2024 Volvo XC40 and C40 Recharge models can opt for animal-free upholstery. Other features include the latest Volvo Sensus infotainment that uses Google’s Android Automotive operating system–which is different from Android Auto, which is merely a smartphone mirroring feature. Apple CarPlay is still equipped with the new Sensus infotainment, so is a brilliant 13-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system. There’s also a panoramic glass roof that lets you enjoy the outside views.
Of course, as with every Volvo, the XC40 and C40 Recharge are fully equipped with the brand’s diverse suite of advanced driver-assistance systems, namely stuff like front and rear automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, and Pilot Assist (a combination of adaptive cruise control and lane centering), just to name a few.
For the Philippine market, the XC40 and C40 Recharge come with the flagship dual-motor all-wheel drive (AWD) setup that produces 408 horsepower and 660 Nm of torque. This is enough for a 4.7-second sprint from zero to 100 kph, while its claimed range is 537 kilometers for the XC40 Recharge and 549 kilometers for the more aerodynamic C40 Recharge. As for charging, both models allow up to 11 kW AC and 150 kW DC fast charging, with the latter enabling a 10 to 80 percent charge in just 27 minutes.
Surprisingly, with these impressive specs and figures, the 2024 Volvo XC40 Recharge retails for P3,990,00, while the C40 Recharge can be yours for P4,190,000. These are very competitive prices, especially considering the performance, features, and range it offers. To make the deal even more enticing, these two luxury EVs come with a free Level 2 AC home charger, an 8-year warranty for the battery, 5 years of roadside assistance, and a 3-year comprehensive warranty for the car itself. You’d also be glad to know that as cars are increasingly software-driven, these two EVs will support over-the-air (OTA) updates throughout their lifetime.