More information about the new pure-electric Polestar 2 has been revealed ahead of its public debut at the 2019 Geneva motor show. It’ll go head-to-head with Tesla’s Model 3 when production starts in early 2020.
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This is the new Polestar 2, a pure-electric fastback that’ll compete with the Tesla Model 3 when production starts in early 2020 in China. Polestar is an offshoot of Volvo and calls itself an electric performance brand – so it’s no surprise that its 2 can sprint from 0-62mph in less than five seconds and has been designed to be fun to drive from the outset.
2020 Polestar 2 price and release date
What might be more of a surprise is that you won’t be popping into your local dealer to buy a Polestar, because all sales will be placed and handled online. Polestar expects the 2 to cost around 40,000 Euros (or a little over £34,000) when it’s likely to go on sale in Europe in 2020. However, the first 12 months of production will be exclusively Launch edition cars costing closer to £51,000.
Interestingly, while Polestar will take your lump sum quite happily should you have the funds, the majority of buyers will be able to take advantage of a monthly subscription scheme which includes the car, insurance, maintenance and roadside assistance.
2020 Polestar 2 styling
Polestar calls the 2 a fastback – sexy, eh? In reality it’s a five-door, so has front and rear doors each side as well as hatchback-style boot at the back.
It is sleek, though, starting with its purposeful face. There’s more than hint of Volvo about the place, what with those Thor-hammer LED daytime running lights, but the unique grille, bonnet lines and trademark frameless door mirrors do enough to set it apart. The illuminated Polestar badge should help, too.
Squint, and you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re looking at a Volvo V60 around the back, but again, Polestar has set its 2 apart by running a rear LED daytime running light the full width of the car, then curling it up in each corner around the car’s tail lights.
Adding Polestar’s Performance Pack brings huge forged 20-inch alloy wheels, gold seatbelts, brake calipers and valve caps as well as ‘performance visuals’. Yum.
Polestar 2 interior
Inside the similarities with Volvo continue. The steering wheel? Polestar badge aside, it’s from a Volvo. The front seats? Yep, those are from a Volvo too. The vents? The door handles? You get the idea.
None of this is a bad thing, though, as Volvo makes some superb interiors in terms of quality, while its seats are often some of the comfiest and most adjustable around.
What certainly isn’t from a Volvo is that centrally-mounted infotainment touch screen. It’s 11 inches in size and runs entirely on Google’s Android operating system – the first in the world to do so, claims Polestar.
Polestar also claims its interiors are ‘vegan’, with ‘progressive textiles that will appeal to a forward thinking audience.’ We’ll leave that one with you.
Polestar 2 infotainment
Apart from being more familiar to smartphone users, the biggest benefit of the system running on Android is updates – while most car infotainment systems are very difficult to update over their lifetimes, the Polestar’s system will be as easy to update as your smartphone or tablet at home.
Other highlights include Google Maps-based sat-nav, phone-as-key tech which can sense you approaching the car and easier car sharing and connected services such as pick-up and delivery of your car for maintenance. Also, via the car or your mobile, you’ll have access to the most up-to-date charging infrastructure information.
Alongside the 11-inch central screen will be a configurable digital instrument cluster that displays key informations such as speed, battery life and charging times.
Polestar 2 engines
There aren’t any, but that’s sort of the point.
Instead the 2 has a 78kWh battery pack paired with electric motors and all-wheel drive. In total the Polestar 2 produces 408hp for punchy performance, but drive it sensibly and Polestar reckons a 500km or 310-mile range should be possible. Any guesses as to the maximum range of a Tesla Model 3? You got it – 310 miles.
We don’t yet have any more information of charging times, but expect it to take a very long time via domestic three-pin plug, but for a DC fast-charge option to be available. There won’t, however, be a dedicated charging network like the one Tesla offers.
Polestar 2 driving
Final performance figures are yet to be published for the 2, but Polestar says it’ll crack 0-62mph in less than five seconds. That’s somewhere in the middle when compared with the fastest and slowest versions of the Tesla Model 3.
As mentioned, Polestar sees itself as a performance brand, so its 2 has been designed to be fun to drive. It’s battery pack, for instance, is integrated into its floor for a lower centre of gravity and therefore less body lean in corners. The batteries also contribute to the car’s rigidity for better agility.
For those who want to make the 2 even sharper to drive, adding the Performance Pack brings sportier suspension, upgraded brakes and those 20-inch alloy wheels for even more grip, poise and ultimately, fun.
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