And its crosshairs are unashamedly trained at the Tesla Model 3.
While American EV carmaker Tesla continues to struggle under the weight of its Model 3 compact saloon (now with the added joy of reduced purchase incentives), the competition are swiftly getting a move on. Such a competitor is Polestar, the Swedish luxury performance marque that operates under the tutelage of Volvo. While its debut ‘1’ model took the form of a sexy, sleek plug-in hybrid, it’s their next model that’s the focus of today’s update.
The Polestar 2 as it’s been imaginatively dubbed, will ditch the plug-in powertrain setup in favour of an all-electric option instead. It’ll be the first zero-emissions vehicle for the brand, but undoubtedly the first ‘pure’ Polestar, as the company set out to make high-performance electric vehicles from the get go. The Polestar 1 was forgiven for its use of a highly-tuned version of Volvo’s 2.0-litre Drive-E engine under the bonnet on the account that it was a debut model, a proof-of-concept as it were. With brand skeptics since silenced, they can now focus on their bigger goals.
The Polestar 2 is just such a goal. It’s said to take the form of a compact saloon, with an evocative roofline and a potent powertrain. The sole teaser image issued by the company show off a pert boot, framed by very muscular haunches, and a distinctive full-width taillight. Judging by the large rear windscreen, we’re going to make an educated guess that the Polestar 2 will adopt a 4-door coupé profile, as is all the rage today.
Delving in a bit further, the full-width taillight is a departure from Volvo design, as was first seen with the Polestar 1. While a unique model, the 1 was very clearly influenced by the Volvo S90; That said it’s such a sensational design, no one’s giving it demerits for looking the way it does. However it seems that the Polestar 2 will be used to drive another wedge between the two firms, ensuring that their products appear distinct from each other, and appeal to different buyers.
The Polestar 2 will be priced “in the Tesla Model 3 price range,” suggesting a starting price near £50,000 according to Autocar. The UK publication also spoke to Polestar’s operations boss, who said that the 2 will represent the lower end of the brand’s range:
“That will now represent the lower ‘bookend’ of our showroom range. And, for now, it should give us as much access to the volume end of the EV market as we need.” — Jonathan Goodman, Chief Operations Officer, Polestar
The Polestar 2 is expected to launch very soon, with production set to begin not long after the Polestar 2 starts rolling off the line later this year. It’s said to offer no less than 298kW of power and plenty of torque, with ridiculous torque (as EVs tend to) and just under 500km of range on a single charge. There’s little doubt that fast-charging will be built in somehow, along with various other cutting edge EV amenities.
What’s also interesting is that the Polestar 2 will be the first vehicle to feature Google’s new human-machine interface technology, as well as the first usage of the automotive version of Google Assistant. This is expected to bolster the car’s appeal massively as the Polestar 2 should, upon arrival, be one of the most connected cars on the road.