Volvo opens the order books for electric Polestar 2 sports sedan

Volvo opens the order books for electric Polestar 2 sports sedan

Its most recent EV is the Polestar 2, an all-electric high-performance sportback-type-thing and it's here to take on cars like the BMW i4 and Tesla Model 3.

Built on the modular CMA architecture as the XC40, the Polestar 2 has the battery pack mounted on the floor for optimal centre of gravity and weight distribution along with increase in chassis rigidity.

The guide purchase price of the launch version will be €59,900 (about $68,000/£51,000/AU$96,00).

The EV is embedded with an Android-powered infotainment system that includes Google Assistant, Google Maps with support for electric vehicles and the Google Play Store.

Polestar will first introduce what it calls a "launch edition" of the Polestar 2 that starts at $63,000 (without the $7,500 federal tax credit figured in).

"Polestar delivers electric performance cars that are great to own and drive".

Looks aside, the main specs of the Polestar 2 are impressive.

Other tech-focussed systems in the auto include "phone-as-key" technology which easily enables vehicle sharing or as the Polestar press release puts it a "more integrated ownership experience". Smart features like enlarged graphics in the instrument cluster allow the driver to easily see the charging status and range before entering the vehicle.

Maximilian Missoni, head of Design at Polestar, comments: "We chose to bring something different to the segment". Pricing hasn't been announced for the true base model in the USA, though.

Besides that, the Polestar is also equipped with a wide array of smart systems like a smart cabin system which recognizes a driver's personal settings, an instrument panel that can show real-time information like how much charge is left in the batteries, as well as what devices may be connected to the system. "Our avant-garde design has evolved from Polestar 1 into an edgier, bolder statement", says Maximilian Missoni, head of Design at Polestar.

The Polestar 2 was teased a little while back but it's finally been revealed. It gets pixel LED headlamps, proximity lighting technology, frameless side mirrors, etc.

The Polestar is available for order exclusively via the Polestar website, and pre-orders can be placed now.

Polestar 2 will also be available in a network of soon-to-be-opened Polestar Spaces that will provide physical viewing and test drive opportunities. Initial launch markets include China, the United States, Canada, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the UK. Other markets are under consideration for future expansion.

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