• EV sedan to take on Tesla Model 3
  • 78 kWh battery promises 275-mile EPA range
  • 408 horsepower and 487 lb-ft of torque
  • 0-62 mph acceleration of less than 5 seconds
  • Launch models priced from $63,000

 

Polestar, the EV and performance division of Volvo, has taken the wraps of its 2020 Polestar 2 model, a midsize 5-door liftback that will begin production early next year for sale in North America, China and select European markets. The new electric car is targeting a 275-mile EPA range with its 78-kWh lithium ion battery pack and touts sub-5-second 0-62 mph performance with its output of 408 horsepower and 487 lb-ft of torque from its dual electric motors driving all four wheels.

“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.

The Volvo connection

Underpinning the Polestar 2 is Volvo Car Group’s Compact Modular Architecture platform (CMA) that integrates the 27-cell battery pack into the floor. As the performance affiliate of Volvo, Polestar also will be offering a Performance Pack upgrade to the chassis that include Öhlins dampers, Brembo brakes and unique 20-inch forged wheels as well as the division’s signature gold seat belts and brake calipers.

The look of the Polestar 2 is clean, with strong character lines that shares the flavor of Volvo’s expression of Scandinavian luxury. The horizontal grille is flanked by headlamp units bisected by LED daytime running lights, while the sides of the vehicle have sculpted surfaces and the C-pillar and rear taillamp treatment that also shares some Volvo cues.

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Inside, the cabin has a clean modern design with a traditional instrument cluster in front of the driver, while a large, 11.0-inch vertical tablet-inspired center touchscreen. The infotainment system uses an embedded Android platform that features Google Maps, Google Assistant and Google Play. There’s a traditional gearshift lever in the center console, a sport steering wheel with integrated controls and an interior that features vegan-sourced textile materials for the seating, door inserts and other surfaces. The 2020 Polestar 2 also incorporates smart tech like a Phone-as-Key setup that allows car sharing and connected services include pick-up and delivery of the vehicle for service.

Pricing, availability

The 2020 Polestar 2 will be available only through online ordering. The U.S. price is $63,000 for the first-year launch edition models, which excludes the $7,500 federal tax credit. The launch edition includes a Pilot Assist Package with driver aids and an upscale Plus Pack that adds some luxury touches. Subsequent base models will start at $55,000, not including the tax credit.

Where will the Polestar 2 be built?

The 2020 Polestar 2 will begin production next year in China for global export.

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