Polestar has taken the next step in its development as an electric performance brand with the reveal of the new Polestar 2, an all-electric model aimed to compete with Tesla’s Model 3.
The Volvo-owned manufacturer unveiled the five-door fastback on Wednesday, ahead of the Geneva Motor Show, featuring dual motors and an estimated 310-mile range.
It is slated to go into production in early 2020 at a “guide price” of $45,500.
“Polestar 2 is our first fully electric car and first volume model,” said Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath. “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.”
The Polestar 2 is based on Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture platform, with performance and technology-oriented features.
The all-wheel drive powertrain produces 300 kW of power and 660 Nm of torque, with 0-62 mph in under five seconds and can be equipped with an optional ‘Performance Pack’ that includes Öhlins dampers, Brembo brakes and 20-inch forged wheels.
Connected digital solutions are found throughout, highlighted by full Google integration as one of the first vehicles to embed an Android-powered infotainment system.
It will bring Google Assistant to the 11-inch touch screen display, among other Google Services including Maps and the Play Store.
“We decided to bring something different to the segment,” said Polestar’s Head of Design Maximilian Missoni.
“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.”
Polestar 2 will only be available for ordering online, with the launch edition priced starting at $68,200 for the vehicle’s first 12 months of production.
Initial launch markets include China, the U.S., Canada, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the UK. Other markets are under consideration for future expansion.