Volvo Car South Africa has announced pricing for its XC40 P6 Recharge, billing the new single-motor model as the most affordable all-electric luxury vehicle on the local market.
The order books officially open on 26 July, with the XC40 P6 Recharge available online through the My Volvo website from a starting price of R1 075 000. A limited number of units will be offered, with priority given to the existing waiting list. Cars are scheduled to arrive in South Africa later in the year, the Swedish carmaker said.
Greg Maruszewski, MD at Volvo Car South Africa, says it was important for the Swedish firm to provide those local consumers looking to make the switch away from combustion engines with a viable alternative to the local market’s assortment of far higher-priced electric vehicles.
“The appetite for electric cars in South Africa is steadily growing, as proven by the popularity of our first battery-powered offering, the twin-motor XC40 P8 Recharge AWD. As with that model, we worked hard to bring in this P6 variant at an attractive price point,” said Maruszewski.
The XC40 P6 Recharge can travel up to 423 km on a single charge thanks to its low-mounted, high-voltage 69 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Fitted with an 11 kW onboard charger as standard, this model also benefits from very competitive charging capabilities.
“With a permanently sealed and maintenance-free electric motor mounted on the front axle, the XC40 P6 Recharge boasts maximum outputs of 170 kW and 330 Nm, which facilitate a spirited 0-100 km/h sprint time of just 7.4 seconds. Its braked towing capacity of 1 500 kg, meanwhile, matches that of its more powerful twin-motor sibling,” said Volvo.
The list of standard features includes items such as wireless smartphone charging, parking sensors (front and rear), a reversing camera and the company’s latest Android-powered touchscreen infotainment system, complete with built-in Google apps and services.
Volvo’s signature suite of safety features as well as the Pilot Assist driver support system are also included in the purchase price, along with the Volvo CARE package, which here comprises a five-year maintenance plan and warranty, three years of comprehensive insurance, use of a petrol car for two weeks per year for three years, a public charge cable and a wallbox home charger.
All-new exterior paint colour choices, meanwhile, include Fjord Blue and Bright Dusk, while Silver Dawn – a popular hue also offered in the XC60 range – likewise joins the XC40 P6’s comprehensive colour palette.