- Volvo has revealed the Volvo EX30 and marks the brands entry into the small premium SUV segment, expanding their range of all-electric vehicles to four models.
Jim Rowan, Volvo’s chief executive, expressed the significance of the EX30, stating, "The fully electric EX30 might be our smallest ever SUV, but it's a monumental achievement for our customers and our company. We like to describe the EX30 as small yet mighty, as it encompasses everything you desire in a Volvo, packaged in a smaller form. Like any Volvo vehicle, it's an exceptional product that prioritizes safety and meets the needs of individuals."
The EX30 offers three powertrain options and two battery types, ensuring a tailored experience for each driver and allowing us to offer an appealing entry price point.
For city dwellers or those with shorter travel distances between charges, there is a single-motor option with an LFP battery. The LFP standard-range battery, utilizing lithium iron phosphate chemistry, is cost-effective and requires fewer resources to produce. The provides a maximum range of up to 214 miles (WLTP).
A Single Motor Extended Range variant is also available with an NMC extended-range battery. The NMC battery, incorporating lithium, nickel, manganese, and cobalt, delivers energy more efficiently than the LFP variant. This single-motor, extended range option provides an range of up to 298 miles (WLTP) on a single charge.
Lastly, the Twin Motor Performance variant pairs the NMC battery with an additional second e-motor. This all-wheel drive EX30 variant generates 315kW (428hp) and accelerates from 0-62 mph in 3.6 seconds, officially making it Volvo’s fastest-accelerating car to date. This has a range of up to 286 miles (WLTP).
The Volo EX30 starts at £33,795 and is available to order now, with deliveries expected early next year.
- Lexus has revealed the Lexus LBX, a hybrid electric SUV that is the smallest Lexus yet.
LBX stands for Lexus Breakthrough Crossover, a compact SUV that will extend Lexus’s brand appeal into new market territory. It embraces contemporary ideas in design and technology while maintaining the distinguishing Lexus qualities of luxury craftsmanship and omotenashi hospitality.
Powering the LBX is a hybrid electric system, combining an internal combustion engine with an electric motor. This hybrid powertrain not only delivers performance but also offers fuel efficiency and reduced emissions, aligning with Lexus' commitment to sustainable mobility.
The Lexus LBX is poised to become one of the brand's best-selling models in Europe and beyond. By appealing to a wider audience and offering accessible luxury, Lexus demonstrates its commitment to evolving with the ever-changing demands of the modern automotive landscape.
Following its world debut, the LBX will go into production in late 2023. UK customers will be able to place reservations from July this year, ahead of pricing being confirmed and orders being accepted from October. First vehicle deliveries are expected from March 2024.