New Polestar 2 revealed as sub-£35okay Tesla Mannequin three rival

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Polestar’s second manufacturing mannequin is an electrical fastback with 402bhp and promise of a 311-mile WLTP vary

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”.

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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. 

Learn extra:

First Polestar 1 prototypes seen forward of summer season deliveries

Secure of their palms: speaking to Volvo’s design workforce


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