Volvo unveils a very special version of its new electric EX30, and we love it

A few months after its big EX90, Volvo lifts the veil on its EX30 electric car, which becomes the smallest model in the range and also Volvo’s cheapest car. It is also available in a new, more adventurous Cross Country version, which seems to have gone unnoticed despite its very desirable style.

If parity in prices between thermal and electric cars has not yet been reached, the prices of the latter tend to fall over the years. This is all the more the case for compact models, as the market is increasingly competitive. After Tesla, Renault or Volkswagen, it is now Volvo’s turn to enter.

A new adventurous version

This is how the Swedish firm has lifted the veil on its new EX30, a small compact SUV announced several months ago. A few months after the presentation of the EX90, which will replace the XC90, this newcomer comes to compete head-on with the Renault Mégane E-Tech, Tesla Model Y and other Volkswagen ID.3.

We were lucky enough to be able to approach and board the electric SUV, which will land in dealerships early next year. If several engines will be offered in the range, customers will also be able to choose a variant also presented by the brand, but which has gone fairly unnoticed. This is the Cross Countrya name that is already well known since it has been used by the brand for several years.

Several photos have been published by the manufacturer itself, which also details some information in a press release. The latter remains quite brief all the same and is content to announce thatit will be fitted with 19-inch rims. An 18-inch mount will also be offered as an option, equipped with custom tires, without giving further details on this subject.

The Swedish firm, which will have to postpone the launch of its EX90 also announces that the SUV will display a raised ground clearance, without saying more. This variant is also distinguished by front and rear skid plates as well on the sides, while the front bumper and the boot are fitted with specific black panels. Finally, the Cross Country marking completes the set.

An unchanged technical sheet

On the other hand, no photo of the driving position has yet been shown, but there is no doubt that we should find a presentation similar to the standard version. For the record, it is rather stripped down and is equipped with a 12.3-inch touch screen in vertical format and running on Android Automotive, which integrates all the data relating to driving. Like the Model Y, the EX30 does not have an instrument cluster.

The Cross Country version should probably benefit from a specific treatment, but nothing has yet been confirmed by the manufacturer. Not a word either on the engines, but the journalists of the site Motor Authority point out that these will be identical to the standard version. However, it is possible (and quite logical) that only the four-wheel-drive version be renewed.

Volvo EX30

This is called Twin Performance and combines two electric motors, one on each axle. The whole displays a combined output of 315 kW, which is approximately 428 horsepower, for a torque of 543 Nm. The 0 to 100 km/h is achieved in 3.6 seconds while the 69 kWh battery provides a range of up to 460 kilometers according to the WLTP cycle. However, it is not excluded that it is slightly lower on this version, due to a higher drag coefficient.

Rival of the Hyundai Kona and other BYD Atto 3, among others, the new Volvo EX30 will open its orders next year for its adventurer version. However, we do not yet know its price, while the standard model begins from 37,500 euroswhich makes it eligible for the ecological bonus, at least for the moment…

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