Polestar has taken the next step in its development as the electric performance brand with the reveal of the new Polestar 2.
Polestar 2 is the new all-electric fastback from Volvo’s performance division, bringing electric performance cars to a broader and increasingly progressive audience. It offers avant-garde design and a unique customer experience in the premium compact electric segment.
The premium five-door fastback is based on Volvo Car Group’s adaptable Compact Modular Architecture platform (CMA) and features two electric motors and a 78kWh battery capacity that will enable a targeted range of 500km (European WLTP cycle).
The 27-module battery pack is integrated into the floor and contributes to the rigidity of the chassis as well as improves the car’s noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels. Road noise has been reduced by 3.7dB compared with a traditional chassis.
For Polestar, performance underlies the entire driving experience. The all-wheel-drive electric powertrain in Polestar 2 produces 300kW and 660Nm. This translates to a 0-100km/h acceleration time of less than five seconds.
The standard dynamic chassis can be enhanced by the Performance Pack that improves driving dynamics with Öhlins dampers, Brembo brakes and unique 20-inch forged wheels. Polestar’s signature gold seatbelts, brake callipers and valve caps complete the performance visuals.
Polestar will answer the important question of charging Polestar 2 with a smart, convenient and extensive approach. With a connected digital solution available both in-car and on mobile devices, Polestar is setting up strategic collaborations to give Polestar 2 owners easy and hassle-free access to the world’s largest public charging networks.
Highlighting the technology spearhead role that Polestar plays within the Volvo Car Group, Polestar 2 is one of the first cars in the world to embed an infotainment system powered by Android.
The Android backbone provides a solid and adaptable digital environment for apps and vehicle functions to coexist, and brings embedded Google services to a car for the first time – including the Google Assistant, Google Maps with support for electric vehicles and the Google Play Store1. Natural voice control and a new 11-inch touch screen display bring the new interface to life.
Phone-as-Key technology enables car sharing and a more integrated ownership experience, as well as Polestar’s connected services such as pick-up and delivery. It also allows Polestar 2 to sense the driver upon approach. Smart features like enlarged graphics in the instrument cluster allow the driver to easily see the charging status and range before entering the car. Polestar 2 can also predetermine the driver’s next move to create a seamless experience with a prepared cabin and quick start sequence.
Design-led features include Pixel LED headlights2 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.
“Polestar 2 is our first fully electric car and first volume model,” says Thomas Ingenlath, chief executive officer of Polestar. “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.”
Maximilian Missoni, head of design at Polestar, said: “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.”
Production of Polestar 2 begins in early 2020 in China for global markets in both left- and right-hand drive. Australian delivery specification has yet to be confirmed.
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2. Standard LED headlights fitted in US and Canada (legislation restrictions).
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