408hp, all-electric Polestar 2 sedan revealed

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 that takes design inspiration from the pricier Polestar 1 and Volvo fashions just like the S90.

The Polestar bears an in depth resemblance to the 40.2 sedan idea that was unveiled practically three years in the past. On the entrance, the headlights sport Volvo’s signature Thor’s hammer styling, and on the again, there’s an LED strip that runs alongside your entire width giving it a modern look.

The Polestar 2 sits on Volvo’s Compact Modular Structure (CMA) platform that is shared with automobiles such because the Volvo XC40. It makes use of two electrical motors, mounted throughout each axles for all-wheel drive, mixed with a 27-module, 78kWh battery pack built-in into the ground. Polestar claims the pack contributes to chassis rigidity and helps scale back street noise by three.7dB in comparison with a conventional chassis.

The powertrain produces 408hp and 660Nm of torque, which is alleged to ship a Zero-100kph time of lower than 5sec. It’s not clear but if cheaper variants will obtain a detuned model.

The inside additionally takes inspiration from present Volvo fashions, however with bespoke expertise, together with a brand new Android-powered infotainment system. One of many first automobiles on sale with this working system, Polestar claims Android ‘supplies a strong and adaptable digital setting for apps and automobile capabilities 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-inch central touchscreen. Additional tech, comparable to with the ability to use your smartphone as the important thing and quite a few related companies, are additionally a part of the record.

The Polestar 2 additionally adopts the most recent development of a vegan inside, which head of design Maximilian Missoni claims will function “progressive textiles that can enchantment to the forward-thinking viewers who will subscribe to Polestar 2”.

Like all Polestar fashions, the brand new automobile will solely be accessible for on-line ordering. Set to make its public debut on the Geneva motor present subsequent week, the mannequin could be pre-booked on the agency’s web site now. Manufacturing for left- and right-hand drive markets will start in China in early 2020.

Lawrence Allan

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