Polestar 2 revealed – manufacturing Volvo 40.2 is all-electric with 408 hp, 660 Nm and 500 km of vary
Volvo’s electrical automobile upstart Polestar has massive plans to disrupt the automotive trade, and at a glitzy Apple-style occasion at its Gothenburg headquarters, the corporate revealed its first fully-electric providing, the Polestar 2. This compact five-door notchback is trying to tackle the Tesla Mannequin three at its personal recreation, with claims of comparable vary and efficiency figures.
As with the Polestar 1 coupé, the Polestar 2 is the manufacturing model of one other Volvo idea, this time the 40.2 from 2016. It retains the present automotive’s compact proportions, sharp detailing and tall, virtually SUV-like experience top, bolstered by the black physique cladding.
The extra summary model of Volvo’s “Thor’s Hammer” headlights stay, geared up with new Pixel LED know-how that may flip off elements of the excessive beam to keep away from dazzling different customers. The lamps are related to the slimmer six-point grille, whereas a particular bone-shaped air consumption options beneath. The windscreen wraps across the A-pillars to fulfill the aspect home windows, ending on the C-shaped C-pillar.
Not like plenty of different carmakers (and, certainly, the 40.2 itself), Polestar has resisted the urge to change to side-view cameras, as an alternative persisting with conventional door mirrors. The corporate has reworked the design slightly, making them frameless and utilizing your entire housing for mirror adjustment fairly than simply the glass inside, lowering the scale by 30% and offering not only a sleeker look but additionally higher aerodynamics.
On the rear, you’ll discover C-shaped tail lights joined by a full-width gentle strip – these are made out of 280 LEDs that create a singular welcoming sequence as you method the automotive. Talking of which, you unlock your automotive not with a key however your smartphone – the Polestar 2 makes use of Bluetooth to recognise your telephone inside 1.5 metres of the automotive, and it unlocks as quickly as you pull the door deal with.
Enlarged graphics on the instrument show imply you’ll be capable of simply see the charging standing and vary from the surface. Once more, you received’t have to make use of a key to start out the automotive, as there are sensors within the driver’s seat to detect should you’re sitting down – so will probably be able to go as quickly as you get in, similar to in a Tesla.
The inside is dominated by an enormous 11-inch portrait-format touchscreen, which is linked to a brand new Android-based infotainment system. Developed in collaboration with Google, it options built-in Google Assistant voice management, Google Maps navigation (full with charging station places) and even the Google Play Retailer for apps. The centre console, topped by a tiny “gearlever”, is taller than in different Polestar and Volvo fashions.
Polestar says that the two will characteristic a vegan inside as commonplace, dishing out with using leather-based. Obtainable choices embrace cloth and a brand new Weave Tech materials that the corporate says is impressed by diving wetsuits and is water and filth resistant, though you may as well choose perforated Nappa leather-based should you so want. There are additionally plenty of trim choices similar to a 3D-etched polycarbonate and black ash wooden.
Particulars on mannequin variants have but to be revealed, however Polestar has listed preliminary technical specs of the range-topping model with probably the most energy and vary. A pair of electrical motors, every producing 150 kW (204 hp) and 330 Nm of torque, are positioned on every axle to offer all-wheel drive – do the mathematics and also you’ll get to the overall system output of 300 kW (408 hp) and 660 Nm.
That’s across the similar quantity of energy as Volvo’s T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrids however with an extra 20 Nm, permitting the Polestar 2 to dash from zero to 100 km/h in beneath 5 seconds. With a 78 kWh battery, Polestar targets a spread of as much as 500 km on the brand new, extra stringent WLTP cycle.
The Polestar 2 is constructed on the identical Compact Modular Structure (CMA) platform because the Volvo XC40 and the Lynk & Co 01, 02 and 03, and the 27-module battery pack is built-in into the ground of the automotive, contributing to the rigidity of the chassis. It additionally reduces noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), with street noise claimed to be three.7 dB decrease in comparison with a traditional chassis.
Consumers can specify a Efficiency Pack that provides Öhlins dampers, Brembo brakes and 20-inch cast alloy wheels, plus gold accents together with the seat belts, brake callipers and even the valve caps on the wheels. Pricing for the primary 12 months will begin at €39,900 (RM184,800), rising as much as €59,900 (RM277,400) for the launch model with all of the bells and whistles, and the automotive will even be obtainable by way of subscription. Manufacturing will kick off in China in February subsequent yr.
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