We’ve speculated about this car before, and now it makes its debut, say hello to the Polestar 2.
For those who don’t know, Polestar is an offshoot company of Swedish brand Volvo. Polestar aims to offer exclusively electric performance vehicles in its portfolio. The Polestar 2, as the name states, is the second model from the brand. It is a new all-electric, high-riding fastback. Polestar 2 is the first electric car to compete in the marketplace around the Tesla Model 3.
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Polestar 2 is powered by two electric motors and a battery with 78 kWh capacity. The all-wheel-drive electric powertrain in Polestar 2 produces 300 kW and 660 N.m of torque. Claimed acceleration from 0-100 km/h is less than 5 seconds. Polestar reckons that its second model will be able to travel 500 km on a full charge. If buyers feel the need, then they can opt for the Performance Pack that includes Öhlins dampers, Brembo brakes and unique 20-inch forged wheels.
Polestar 2 is one of the first cars in the world to embed an infotainment system powered by Android. The Android platform brings embedded Google services – including Google Assistant, Google Maps with support for electric vehicles and the Google Play Store5 – to a car for the first time. An 11-inch touchscreen interface can be used via voice activation. Phone-as-key technology allows the car to ‘sense’ the drivers approach and prepare the cabin for travel.
Design-led features include Pixel LED headlamps and proximity lighting which enable a unique welcome sequence, Polestar’s now-signature frameless side mirrors and the unique illuminated Polestar logo, which is reflected onto the car’s panoramic glass roof.
In their own words
“Polestar 2 is our first fully electric car and first volume model. 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,” says Thomas Ingenlath, chief executive officer of Polestar.
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.”