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Volvo XC40 2023: the brand’s electric SUV receives a facelift and a new variant with a single engine

Volvo XC40 2023
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Volvo Cars are introducing several updates to its entire car lineup, the most notable of which is an exterior update to its all-electric XC40 Recharge. The company is also introducing a single electric motor variant of the purely electric C40 Recharge.

Volvo’s  XC40 Recharge and  C40 Recharge electric SUVs are getting a couple of minor updates, the automaker announced Friday. The 2023 XC40 Recharge sports a restyled front fascia to match that of its sleeker sibling, while the C40 Recharge gets a new single-motor front-wheel-drive variant, joining the twin-motor C40.

Volvo C40 Recharge
Volvo C40 Recharge. / Photo: Courtesy Volvo.

New colors, interiors, and wheels for the XC40

Design tweaks to the XC40 are minor, limited to just the front bumper and headlights. It’s a good look, not that the XC40 was unattractive before this update. New colors, wheels, and non-leather upholstery options will also be available, and yes, these updates apply to the 2023 XC40 gas-powered models as well.

The Volvo C40 offers a new single-engine variant.

As for the C40, the new single-motor variant uses a 69-kilowatt-hour battery than the 78-kWh unit found on the twin-motor C40. Since the power only goes to the front wheels, Volvo estimates a driving range of about 270 miles on the optimistic European WLTP test cycle. The automaker also says the 68 kWh battery can go from a 10% to 80% state of charge in just 32 minutes.

Volvo C40 Recharge
Volvo C40 Recharge. / Photo: Courtesy Volvo.

Volvo’s global announcement doesn’t directly specify which countries will get the single-engine C40, and a US-based spokesman said we should get more information this spring. Still, we have little reason to believe the less powerful C40 Recharge will be offered on US soil. We will have to wait for it to arrive at the end of this year.

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