Volvo has withdrawn from sale a number of modifications of the Volvo XC40 crossoverAugust 18, 2020
The Swedish company has withdrawn all diesel versions of its XC40 from sale in the UK as the company is moving away from conventional fuels in favor of electrification.
The small SUV was available until August with two diesel engines, a 148bhp D3 and an 188bhp D4. Collectively, their sales accounted for 36.5% of the brand’s sales in the UK in 2019, with 5,634 copies found in the year. Volvo claims that in 2020 this figure fell by 19%.
Both models are no longer available for ordering in the company’s online configurator. In the UK, the brand said the decision “is part of Volvo Cars’ ambitious global electrification strategy, which includes a strong commitment to phasing out diesel over the long term. It also reflects a strong shift in consumer demand towards gasoline and electrified models. ”
Currently, almost all versions of the XC40 crossover offered in the UK market are electrified, and only the base T3 has not received a hybrid superstructure. There are also two Recharge models available: the plug-in hybrid (from £ 39,130) and the electric P8. The latter is available in a limited First Edition starting at £ 59,985, with cheaper options coming later.
Other Volvo diesel models remain on sale, but their D badge was recently replaced by a B to denote hybrid technology. It’s not clear when the brand intends to abandon them.
Volvo has confirmed that models such as the next-generation XC90 seven-seater SUV will ditch diesel in favor of hybrid and electric options.
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