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GHENT, BELGIUM—Volvo built a nice little crossover in the form of the XC40. It got even better when the Swedish automaker swapped out the internal combustion engine for an electric powertrain. Now, Volvo has a new variant—the Volvo C40 Recharge—that combines those same battery-electric mechanicals with a slightly more stylish and aero-efficient shape.
This being a modern Volvo, you can also expect a Scandinavian-chic interior and Volvo’s reassuring approach to safety. Google’s voice assistant is on-board, too, thanks to the Android Automotive infotainment system. But it’s not the most efficient electric vehicle on sale today, and the C40 Recharge commands a high price for its new looks.
If the idea of a slightly less practical, slightly more stylish Volvo seems odd at first, don’t be alarmed. Every so often, the designers are allowed to run wild in Gothenburg, and the C40 Recharge is the latest evidence of that. The new car joins other oddballs like the 480 and C30.
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