The Volvo C40 Recharge coupe-like EV crossover is now on sale.
New 48-volt mild hybrid powertrains get B5 and B6 badges.
Volvo heading towards an EV-only portfolio by 2030.
Swedish brand Volvo has been investing in electrified powertrains for quite a few years now, and most powertrains in its lineup include some form of electrification, including mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery-electric propulsion. It also recently introduced a new-vehicle subscription service with a 24-month flat-rate monthly payment plan that includes maintenance and road hazard protection for extra peace of mind.
The brand also goes out of its way to make sure its vehicles are the safest on the road, even if that means dropping them from a crane to evaluate their crash-worthiness. Volvo has announced its intention to selling an EV-only portfolio by 2030, but for now, here’s what we can expect from the Volvo brand in 2022.
The Volvo C40 Recharge is the latest addition to the lineup. The coupe-like crossover is equipped with two electric motors for a combined output of 408 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque, an all-wheel drivetrain and a 78 kwh (75 kwh usable) battery pack, for an estimated driving range of 226 miles in the U.S. and 364 kilometres in Canada. The C40 starts at $58,750 in the United States and at $72,600 in Canada.
The Volvo XC40 is once again offered with two variants of the turbocharged 2.0L four that respectively develop 187 and 248 horsepower. A front-wheel drivetrain is standard in the U.S., while AWD is available. Canada gets AWD as standard. The XC40 Recharge is also available with the same pure electric powertrain as the C40, and for 2022, it gets a slightly lower price and slightly higher range (from 335 to 359 km) in Canada, allowing it to benefit from green-vehicle rebates. Otherwise, there are no significant changes to the XC40 this year.
The compact-size Volvo XC60 receives new 48-volt mild hybrid powertrains identified by the B5 and B6 badges. The B5 engine serves up 247 horsepower while the B6 produces 295 hp, and both provide improved efficiency in city driving compared to the outgoing T5 and T6 units. The 400-hp plug-in hybrid T8 is renamed T8 Recharge, now offering 19 miles of range in EV-only driving in the U.S., while Canadian specs still rate it at 31 km—unchanged from 2021. The Polestar Engineered variant of the T8 Recharge system boasts 415 hp. No other major changes have been announced for the crossover, although the next-generation XC60 could go full electric when it arrives in 2024.
The second-generation Volvo XC90 will soon get a redesign, and it might get a name change to Volvo Embla in addition to a fully electric powertrain. In the meantime, no changes have been released for the 2022 model, which still gets 250-hp T5 and 316-hp T6 powertrains, along with the 400-hp PHEV T8 setup, now called T8 Recharge.
The Volvo S60 sedan gets a 48-volt mild hybrid powertrain. The 247-hp B5 unit can be matched to either FWD or AWD, while the 400-hp T8 Recharge and 415-hp Polestar Engineered T8 Recharge setups are still on the order sheet as well. An S60 Black Edition package has been announced in the U.S. with a 450-unit allocation, adding gloss black 19-inch wheels, gloss black grille, badging and window trim, as well as dark exhaust outlets to the Recharge, Momentum and R-Design variants. The Volvo V60 continues to be offered with the 316-hp T6 engine for now along with the 400-hp T8 Recharge and 415-hp Polestar Engineered T8 Recharge systems. Meanwhile, the V6 Cross Country keeps its 250-hp T5 powertrain. However, the compact wagon should move over to the S60’s mild hybrid offerings real soon.
The Volvo S90 sedan now features the 295-hp B6 powertrain, in addition to the 400-hp T8 Recharge plug-in hybrid setup, but otherwise, no changes are in store. The regular Volvo V90 is gone in the U.S., but the V90 Cross Country is still offered, and the latter is available again in Canada after a couple of years off the market. It too gets the 295-hp B6 powertrain, and that’s the only significant update to the S90/V90 line.