Changes to 2021 Volvo Models Bring More Safety and Electrification
For 2021, the big news at Volvo is the debut of its first all-electric model, the XC40 Recharge P8. It offers more than 200 miles of driving range and is priced from about $55,000 before any tax incentives or rebates. Volvo also adds Recharge T8 to the names of its plug-in hybrids this year and offers them at lower prices in order to make its electrified models more affordable.
Volvo burnishes its brand reputation for safety for the 2021 model year. Accordingly, hooligans might not appreciate the new 112-mph maximum speed limit Volvo is imposing on every new vehicle it sells. And if you’re lending your Volvo to someone else, you can program a further cap on the speed. It’s an earnest step toward Volvo’s ultimate goal of achieving zero fatalities or severe injuries among drivers of and passengers in their vehicles.
Volvo debuts its new Connected Safety services. This is a car-to-car communications technology that allows Volvo models to communicate with one another to forewarn of hazardous conditions, such as a slippery patch of road or a vehicle with hazard lights up ahead.
Further, every new 2021 Volvo now includes blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic warning, power-folding side mirrors, adaptive headlights with automatic high-beam operation, and USB power outlets for the rear seats as part of its standard equipment list.
Collectively, these overarching safety technology updates are relatively significant changes for the brand as a whole, but the modifications are more modest when it comes to individual models. Let’s take a look at what they are.