Volvo revamps range for 2023

Volvo one step closer to offering fully electrified range

Reuben Van Niekerk
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Volvo has announced a variety of updates to its comprehensive range of vehicles ahead of the 2023 model year. These updates include the introduction of a new-trim level structure and move to hybrid powertrains for the popular XC40 line-up.

The facelifted XC40 compact SUVs will also adopt B-badging, which denotes a combined turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission that incorporates a 48-volt hybrid system. This offers numerous benefits including reduced tailpipe emissions, fuel savings and improved on-road performance. The addition of these models also means that every single Volvo sold in South Africa will now feature some form of electrification.

The revamped XC40 range now consists of the front-wheel drive B3 that offers 110kW and 265Nm as well as the B4 that offers 183kW and 350Nm. The all-wheel drive B5 boasts 183kW and 350Nm. The range is topped off by the fully electric single-motor P6 and the twin-motor P8 recharge variants.

The growing local demand for electrified vehicles and the introduction of these models brings Volvo South Africa’s offering in line with Volvo’s global ambition of transforming into a fully electric car company by 2030.

The entire XC40 range has also been treated to an exterior facelift that includes revised front and rear bumpers as well as redesigned headlights, new alloy wheel designs and fresh exterior colour choices. The option of a black roof is now reserved exclusively for fully electric models. All XC40 derivatives as well as all XC90 derivatives have received an upgrade to Volvo’s Android-powered infotainment system, which features built in Google apps and services.

The 2023 model year also sees Volvo rollout fresh specification grades in the form of Essential, Plus and Ultimate interior grades and PHEV and BEV powertrains are available with the latter two. Volvo is also introducing Bright, which features chrome detailing, and Dark, with gloss black detailing, exterior design themes for its vehicles.

The revamped equipment levels and latest exterior design themes will be applied across the entire local range.