24 Nov 2020

Aiming to equip electric motors for its entire product line by 2025 to reduce CO2 emissions by 40%, Volvo had launched a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) named Recharge T5 of XC40 compact luxury SUV in China in 2018. After over 2 years, the model has now set foot in Southeast Asia, namely Thailand.

In the Thai market, the Volvo XC40 Recharge T5 2020 is sold under 3 versions: R-Design Expression, R-Design and Inscription. All three versions use the plug-in hybrid T5 Twin Engine. Meanwhile, conventional engine versions of the Volvo XC40 series will no longer be sold in Thailand.

The power source for the Volvo XC40 Recharge T5 2020 in Thailand is a 3-cylinder 1.5L turbocharged engine that can run on gasoline or E10 biofuel. This engine produces a maximum capacity of 178 HP at 5,800 RPM and a maximum torque of 265 Nm at 1,500-3,000 RPM. Combined with 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, the engine transmits power to the front wheels.

In addition, the engine above also accompanies an electric motor on the front axle while the DCT gearbox is on the rear axle. This electric motor produces maximum power of 81 HP and a maximum torque of 160 Nm.

With said plug-in hybrid engine, the Volvo XC40 Recharge T5 2020 has a total capacity of 258 HP and 425 Nm of torque. Thanks to which, the car can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 7.3 seconds and reaches a maximum speed of 180 km/h. More importantly, the 2020 Volvo XC40 Recharge T5 only consumes an average of 2.3 liters per 100 km and emits only 52 g/km of CO2.

This new model is also equipped with a 10.7 kWh lithium-ion battery, allowing the car to complete a 44-km-long journey without using a gasoline engine. Volvo has not announced the specific charging time of this luxury SUV.

In terms of equipment, the Volvo XC40 Recharge T5 2020 R-Design Expression version has a Dynamic chassis, 18-inch alloy rims, automatic LED headlights, power hatch, full digital dashboard with a 12-inch screen, power front seats, memory-retaining driver’s seat, 9-inch touchscreen displaying infotainment system with Sensus Connect, 8-speaker audio system, 2-zone automatic climate control, Nubuck leather upholstery and wireless smartphone charger.

In the R-Design and Inscription versions, the Volvo XC40 Recharge T5 2020 in Thailand will have somewhat similar equipment. Choosing the R-Design version will satisfy those who love a sportier feel to their vehicle. Meanwhile, the Inscription has a more elegant and luxurious design.

If the R-Design version uses a Sport chassis, the Inscription is equipped with a Dynamic chassis. In addition, both 3 have LED headlights with steering angle illumination, electrical panoramic sunroof, Nappa leather seats, Sensus Navigation navigation system, Harman Kardon 13 sound system containing loudspeakers and 600 W in power.

Finally, there are standard safety equipment such as 7 airbags, automatic emergency braking, collision warning, collision mitigation assistance with automatic braking, blind spot detection, cross vehicle warnings, integrated automatic braking, lane-keeping assist, downhill assist, hill start assist and reverse camera. The two higher-end versions will include the Pilot Assist semi-automatic driver assistance, adaptive cruise control system and Park Assist Pilot automatic parking assist.

In the Thai market, the price of the Volvo XC40 Recharge T5 2020 starts from 2.09 million Baht (~ 1.56 billion VND) for the R-Design Expression and 2.39 million Baht (1.78 billion VND) for the remaining versions.


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