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First electric Volvo to be an all-new hatchback due in 2019

Volvo’s first stand-alone electric car will be a production version of the 40.2 concept seen in May last year, Autocar can reveal.

Much like the 40.1 concept unveiled alongside it, which has since become the production XC40 crossover, very few design details will change for the final model. When first revealed, it was widely reported that the 40.2 was a hint at the next-generation V40 and S40 but, in fact, the concept’s electric powertrain gave the biggest clue of all.

Opinion: Volvo must capitalise on its electric advantage now However, the coupé-like hatchback will fall under the 40-badged family of models, given its size and concept name, and broadly share the same design language as its siblings.

Volvo has officially confirmed that a stand-alone electric model will arrive in 2019 but has not given any more details. However, boss Håkan Samuelsson told Autocar at the XC40 launch in September that it would arrive before any electric variants of existing models. An electric XC40 is expected to be the second pure-electric Volvo.

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Posted on 29th January 2018 at 4:49 PM

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