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New trim levels for Volvo XC40 Recharge SUV

Volvo has unveiled three new versions of its popular XC40 Recharge, with the range-topping ‘Twin Pro’ boasting exceedingly tempting spec levels.

Volvo XC40 Recharge new trims side angle

The XC40 sits at the foot of Volvo’s batch of all-electric SUVs, behind the larger XC60 and larger-still XC90.

But good things come in small packages - and if you’re looking for an XC40, you’ve now got more choice than ever before.

Volvo has introduced three new trim levels - base ‘Twin’, then ‘Twin Plus’ and finally ‘Twin Pro’ - with updated equipment specifications designed to pull-in even more punters.

Their respective on-the-road prices to buy outright are £49,950, £52,950 and £56,700 - though we’d obviously recommend you lease one instead of stumping-up all that cash in one go.

And the good news is that all of the versions come well-equipped as standard, including Volvo’s new Android-based infotainment system with Google Maps, Google Assistant and access to the Google Play Store.

Volvo XC40 Recharge new trim front view

So what can you expect with each trim level?

The first thing to note is that they all get the same powertrain.

That's a 78kWh lithium-ion battery and twin electric motors, providing all-wheel drive as standard. The combined motor output is an impressive 408hp, enabling acceleration from zero to 62mph in just 4.9 seconds.

The range between charges is also impressive at up to 259 miles. And you can take the battery from zero charge to 80% capacity in as little as 40 minutes when using a 150kW fast charger. A full recharge using the 11kW (AC) onboard charger can be completed in eight hours, ‘making it convenient for overnight charging’, says Volvo.

The firm adds: 

“The clever battery design and packaging means there is no loss in cabin space and, in fact, an increase in the load volume available, with an additional 31 litres of storage space below the bonnet.”

The base ‘Twin’ models features automatic LED headlights with Active High Beam, dual-zone climate control, wireless phone charging, a 12.3-inch progressive driver’s information display, powered tailgate, rear parking sensors and 19-inch alloy wheels.

Volvo XC40 Recharge new trim parked

The ‘Twin Plus’ model ups the ante with the addition of front parking sensors and a rear parking camera. There’s also power-adjustable front seats, heated front and rear seats, and a heated steering wheel. The XC40 Recharge Twin Plus also has a heat pump system that enhances cabin heating and cooling efficiency, which in turn helps optimise the car’s driving range, especially in hot or cold conditions.

Meanwhile the top of the line XC40 Twin Recharge Pro, comes with Volvo’s Pilot Assist driver-assistance technology, providing adaptive cruise control and steering assistance. It also introduces a panoramic sunroof, 12-speaker Harman Kardon 600W sound system, 20-inch alloy wheels, auto-dimming door mirrors, leather/nubuck upholstery and a 360-degree parking camera system.

Volvo XC40 Recharge new trim front view moving

Kristian Elvefors, Volvo Car UK Managing Director, said:

“With the XC40 Recharge, we are showing how choosing a pure electric Volvo does not mean any sacrifice or compromise in the technology or useability that Volvo customers expect. We’ve ensured the specifications provide high levels of comfort, safety, connectivity and practicality, while the battery electric powertrain has the capacity to cover long distances, with quick recharging.”

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