Volvo is all set to reveal the all-electric XC40 on October 16, 2019. This will be the company's first fully electric car and the company has teased the car ahead of its official reveal. But this time around the company gives us a glimpse into what the car will look like. For the first time in the company's history, there'll be a car that will move without a petrol or diesel engine in the engine bay and have a battery in the floor, which will of course change the car's dynamics.
As you can see in the images, the car will no longer need tailpipes or a large grille for cooling purposes, while the removal of an internal combustion engine creates extra room for even more storage space under the front hood and that's exactly what the company is providing.
Robin Page, head of design at Volvo Cars said, "The roots of Scandinavian design are based on visual clarity and the reduction of element. The XC40 is a great example of this. Without the need for a grille we have created an even cleaner and more modern face, while the lack of tailpipes does the same at the rear. This is the approach we will explore more and more as we continue down the road of electrification."
The front grille is covered in body colour and creates a distinct visual identity at the front of the car, made possible by the fact that an electric car needs less air flow for cooling purposes. The grille also neatly packages the sensors for the new Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) sensor platform. The Volvo XC40 electric will be available in eight exterior colours, including a brand new Sage Green metallic option, while a contrasting black roof comes as standard. The XC40 electric will come with new 19 and 20-inch wheel options.
Inside, the Volvo XC40 electric gets a brand new driver interface specifically designed for electric cars keeps drivers up to date on relevant information such as battery status, while the interior design package features sporty styling details as well as carpets made of recycled materials.
The electric SUV is based on Volvo's Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), which was designed from the outset with electrification in mind, the battery pack is integrated into the floor of the car without affecting interior space. There's more functional storage space in the doors and under the seats, a fold-out hook for small bags and a removable waste bin in the tunnel console.
Unique to the electric XC40, a special front load compartment (or 'frunk') located under the front hood provides around 30 litres of extra load space because an electric motor takes less space than a combustion engine. Volvo Cars will reveal more details about the fully electric XC40 in the coming weeks, before it will be first shown to the public on October 16.