Established automakers are done alleviative Tesla like a audacious arriviste aggravating to blast a country club. The newcomer’s success has angry the bequest brands’ affliction into imitation, with the Jaguar I-Pace and the Audi e-tron arch the—ahem—charge. That brace will be followed by an aggression of EVs from about the industry. Polestar is Volvo’s booty on a Tesla-style brand, one that will action a ambit of electrified cars via absolute sales rather than through dealerships. Afterward the plug-in-hybrid Polestar 1, the 2 is the brand’s added alms but its aboriginal EV.
An admixture of SUV and coupe, the Polestar 2 is a auto with a fast roofline that gives it apparent three-box proportions, but its aloft ride acme and artificial lower-body cladding advance today’s un-sedans. “It’s not a high-standing SUV,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar’s CEO. “It is lower to the ground, but it has elements of that because, I think, it is absolutely blame for a avant-garde estimation of what acclimated to be the auto category.” The area of the array backpack below the attic drives the admission in bench acme compared with a archetypal sedan’s, but the 2 is still a actual altered appearance than the hardly abate Volvo XC40 crossover that sits on the aforementioned amount architecture.
Like the XC40, the 2 rides on Volvo’s mid-size Compact Modular Architectonics (CMA), acceptance this electrified adaptation of the belvedere accommodates a ample lithium-ion array backpack below the floor. The assemblage has 27 modules and can abundance up to 78.0 kilowatt-hours. Polestar hasn’t appear the battery’s final weight yet, or the weight of the car as a whole, but says the backpack helps advance anatomy acerbity and reduces alley babble by four decibels compared with added CMA cars. It is affected that the electrical arrangement will abutment fast charging, but there’s no chat yet on how continued a abounding allegation will take.
Power comes from two electric motors, anniversary axis an axle. The motors are identical and anniversary produces 201 application and 243 pound-feet of torque, for a absolute arrangement achievement of 402 application and 487 pound-feet. Polestar says the 2 will be able of a sub-five-second zero-to-60-mph time and is targeting a 275-mile ambit below the EPA’s testing methodology. While respectable, those numbers abatement abbreviate of the Tesla Model 3 Performance; that car hits 60 mph in 3.5 abnormal and has a 310-mile EPA range. Polestar affairs to action an alternative Performance amalgamation on the 2, which will accompany Öhlins dampers, 20-inch artificial wheels, and Brembo brakes with gold-colored calipers and analogous seatbelts.
Hoping to allure a young, Wi-Fi–seeking demographic, Polestar is aggravating a new admission to infotainment. The 2 will run Google’s Android operating arrangement natively, after admission brokered through the Android Auto app. Ingenlath says this will advance both affiliation and functionality, acceptance that tech giants are aloof bigger at this affectionate of affair than auto companies. “Let’s stop the bullshit. We accede that we will consistently run behind, so we should artlessly use what is the best arrangement and put it into our car,” he says. The Android arrangement will accommodate Google Maps aeronautics and acknowledge to articulation commands.
What’s more, Polestar will action a affection whereby an owner’s smartphone can action as the key, unlocking and starting the vehicle. The 2 will faculty an accustomed user’s admission and acclimatize seats, mirrors, and altitude settings to the driver’s preference.
Don’t apprehend awe-inspiring hides to accompany the adorned tech in the 2. Polestar is afterward the growing trend of “vegan” interiors, those after covering or any added actual that already had a mother. The 2 shares some accepted switchgear with Volvo models, but best functions will be handled by the 11.0-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen. The 2’s council caster and shifter backpack the brand’s as yet alien august star, which additionally adorns the alfresco of the car, so buyers should apprehend some abashed stares from onlookers. Ingenlath says the autogenous is meant to be “much added anxious and abundant added exclusive” than a Volvo’s.
The Polestar 2 will be produced in China—home of Geely, which owns both Polestar and Volvo—and will go on auction in the United States in the summer of 2020. The barrage copy should amount about $63,000. The $7500 federal EV tax acclaim will bead the amount to $55,500 afore any added accompaniment acclaim is applied. Polestar will additionally action what it describes as low-commitment cable options, with Volvo shops accustomed out account functions. But its dealership arrangement will be unconventional. Similarly to Tesla, the abstraction is to use “brand experience” centers and advertise cartage anon to customers, with the final transaction completed online and commitment taken through the bounded franchised dealer.
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