Polestar has revealed the new ‘2’ electric car at an event live from the company headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden.
The is only the second car the company has ever manufactured and its first pure battery-electric vehicle. The electric fastback will have a performance focus which will look to take on the Tesla Model 3 when it launches.
“Polestar 2 is our first fully electric car and first volume model,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer of Polestar.
“Everything about it has been designed and engineered with passion and dedication.
“As an electric performance brand, and through the forthcoming launch of a portfolio of fully electric cars, Polestar is determined to address the world’s air quality challenges.
“Polestar delivers electric performance cars that are great to own and drive.”
The premium five-door car is powered by two electric motors and a 78kWh battery pack which allows the car up to 500km (311 miles) on a single charge.
It is built on the Volvo Car Group’s adaptable Compact Modular Architecture platform (CMA).
The 27-module battery pack, each made up of 12 separate cells is integrated into the floor which contributes to the chassis rigidity and also is said to reduced car noise and vibration and harshness.
These motors produce 408 hp and 660 Nm of torque which allows the car to sprint from 0-62 mph in under five seconds which puts it in line with the standard Model 3.
Inside the car, the Polestar 2 becomes the world’s first infotainment system to be powered by Android. It brings embedded Google services into a car for the first time including the Google Assistant, Google Maps with support for electric vehicles and the Google Play Store.
They are controllable through the 11-inch touch screen display which can also be activated by voice control.
A lot of the car’s services will also be able to be controlled through the app. The Phone-as-Key technology enables car sharing and more integrated ownership experience, as well as Polestar’s connected services such as pick-up and delivery.
The carmaker says that it senses when the driver approaches the car and has smart features such as enlarged graphics in the instrument cluster allow the driver to easily see the charging status and range before entering the car.
It is also said to be able to predict the driver’s next move to create a more ‘seamless’ experience.
The car can be opened by using your phone but you have to be within 1.5-metres of the vehicle which should improve safety. Also, the car is started as soon as you sit down in the driving seat. It also comes with a fully vegan interior as standard.
Maximilian Missoni, head of Design at Polestar, comments: “We decided to bring something different to the segment.
“Our avant-garde design has evolved from Polestar 1 into an edgier, bolder statement.
“We have also designed a standard vegan interior with progressive textiles that will appeal to the forward-thinking audience who will subscribe to Polestar 2.”
Polestar borrows the iconic headlights from Volvo with the ‘Thor Hammer’ design which flank the rigged glossy black and checked front grille which looks derivative of newer Volvo cars.
It looks like a muscular and dominant car in its shape and design but there is something almost unfinished about the car’s exterior design.
At the front, it looks like it is missing something to tie it all together. At the rear, the car has an upside-down style staple design which is pretty interesting and looks like an evolution of the Volvo S90.
In common with all Polestar cars, Polestar 2 will only be available for ordering online.
Prices for the car start at €39,900 – €59,900 (£34,000 – £51,000) which makes it competitive with the Tesla Model 3.