Volvo has confirmed the XC40 P6 Recharge will soon join its local XC40 line-up. Compared to the P8-badged XC40 Recharge, this derivative is endowed with only a single electric motor (the P8 makes do with a twin electric-motor arrangement), which is mounted at the front. 

Coupled with a “low-mounted”, “high-voltage”, 69 kWh lithium-ion battery, the P6 Recharge’s electric motor produces 170 kW and 330 Nm of torque. According to the Swedish automaker, these figures allow for a zero to 100 km/h sprint time of “just” 7.4 seconds. Electric range is a claimed 423 km on the WLTP cycle. 

The XC40 P6 Recharge is equipped with a shift-by-wire, single-speed transmission, which features a short gear ratio. According to the Gothenburg-based brand, this provides “sprightly” off-the-line acceleration, improved hill-climbing ability and increased towing capacity. The latter is rated at 1 500 kg (unbraked), which is similar to the twin-motor P8. 

Said Greg Maruszewski, managing director at Volvo Car South Africa, “Just like the twin-motor version, the XC40 P6 Recharge serves up tremendous on-road refinement, yet still boasts more than enough power to be exceedingly fun to drive. In addition, its high level of energy efficiency results in a usable range in excess of 400 km, all with the benefits of zero tailpipe emissions”.