Polestar, the brand new electrical efficiency model separated from Volvo, has unveiled its second manufacturing automobile: the Polestar 2.
The brand new mannequin, described because the “first electrical automobile to compete within the market across the Tesla Mannequin three”, is a five-door fastback taking design inspiration from the pricier Polestar 1 and Volvo fashions such because the S90.
Polestar claims a “information value” of €39,900 (round £34,200) for the eventual base mannequin, however, much like the Mannequin three, the primary twelve months of manufacturing can be devoted to a totally loaded launch version, priced at €59,900 (round £51,000).
The two sits on Volvo’s Compact Modular Structure (CMA) platform, which can also be utilized by automobiles together with the Lynk&Co 01 and Volvo XC40.
It has two electrical motors, mounted throughout each axles for four-wheel drive, and a 27-module, 78kWh battery pack built-in into the ground. Polestar claims the pack contributes to chassis rigidity and helps cut back highway noise by three.7dB in contrast with a standard chassis.
The powertrain produces 402bhp and 487lb ft of torque, translating to a Zero-62mph time of “lower than 5 seconds”. It’s not clear but if cheaper variants will obtain a detuned model. The vary “goal” is quoted at 311 miles on the brand new, more durable WLTP cycle – a determine extremely aggressive alongside the Mannequin three and Jaguar I-Tempo.
The inside additionally takes inspiration from present Volvo fashions, nevertheless it options bespoke know-how, together with a brand new Android-powered infotainment system. One of many first automobiles on sale with this working system, Polestar claims Android “offers a strong and adaptable digital surroundings for apps and car features to coexist”.
It brings with it a collection of Google companies, together with the Google Assistant, Google Maps with EV-specific options and the Google Play Retailer, all managed by way of a brand new 11.0in touchscreen. Additional tech, comparable to quite a few related companies and the ability to make use of your smartphone as a automobile key, additionally characteristic. Like Volvo’s fashions, security options comparable to Pilot Help semi-autonomous driving, LED matrix adaptive high-beam lights and computerized emergency braking additionally characteristic.
The two additionally follows the newest pattern by having as commonplace a vegan inside, which head of design Maximilian Missoni claims options “progressive textiles that may attraction to the forward-thinking viewers who will subscribe to Polestar 2”.
Like all Polestar fashions, the two will solely be out there for on-line ordering. Pre-orders are open now on the marque’s web site.
Manufacturing of the two will start in China in early 2020, for each left and right-hand-drive markets, together with the UK.
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