Polestar 2 debuts as suave Tesla Model 3 rival

February 27, 2019

As promised, this is the Polestar 2. It’s the Volvo sub-brand’s second car, and it’s getting ready to jump into the ring with the likes of the Tesla Model 3. Yep, things are getting serious for the Swedish marque.

The Polestar 2 is described as a premium, five-door fastback, built on Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture platform (CMA). It’s designed to be practical, safe, quiet, and very eco-friendly. As such, power comes from a fully electric power package, unlike the Polestar 1 which features a plug-in hybrid setup.

Specifically, it’s powered by a 78kWh battery pack that promises a driving range of 500km. The 27-module battery is integrated into the floor for optimum space efficiency but also to help with chassis rigidity and NVH levels (noise, vibration and harshness).

With all-wheel drive, the setup delivers an impressive 300kW and 660Nm to the wheels, which, according to Polestar, is enough to see 0-100km/h done and dusted in under 5.0 seconds.

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Those wanting more performance will be able to option for a ‘Performance Pack’, which adds some hardcore items such as Ohlins dampers, Brembo brakes, and bespoke 20-inch forged wheels. There’s also some gold seat belts, brake calipers and tyre valve caps.

The Polestar 2 will be the company’s first fully electric car and first full production volume model. In other words, it’s not designed to be a special edition. Instead, it should help to put Polestar on the map as a unique yet available manufacturer, especially if it succeeds in taking on the Tesla Model 3.

Some of the clever technologies include one of the first applications of an Android-powered infotainment system in a car. Polestar says using Android provides a solid and adaptive digital environment for apps and vehicle functions to coexist. The car will also boast ‘Phone-as-Key’ functionality, allowing car sharing, as well as Pixel LED headlights.

If you’re interesting in buying one, the Polestar 2 will only be available for ordering online. Prices are penned in to start from 39,900 euros. A special launch edition will be available for the first 12 months of production, starting from 59,900 euros.

Polestar will give the new model a proper public debut at the Geneva motor show next week. Production is scheduled to commence in 2020, taking place in China, in both left- and right-hand drive format. Initial market regions to be offered the 2 include Belgium, Canada, China, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, UK, and the United States. Other markets are under consideration for the future.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.