The Polestar 2 will debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show as Volvo’s now standalone brand delivers an electric saloon car aimed at the Tesla Model 3.
Polestar is still best known for being Volvo’s performance brand, but the plan is for Polestar to deliver premium electric cars with a bit more panache than Volvo’s more mainstream offerings.
That plan kicked-off with the Polestar 1, a terrific looking car which is, to all intents and purposes, a Volvo S90 Coupe with a 2.0 litre boosted petrol engine and plug-in hybrid power.
But, as we said recently, by the time Polestar’s first car actually arrives with owners it’s technology is going to seem a bit yesterday’, as cars like the Porsche Taycan (AKA Porsche Mission E) arrive with more power, more performance, a lower price – and no ICE engine.
Still, the Polestar 1 is only Polestar’s opening salvo, and every future Polestar will be a pure EV, starting with the Polestar 2 which, according to Evo, will debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Unlike Volvos, which are more likely to be launched from a driveway in Sweden these days.
Polestar say they want to pitch their offerings somewhere between Tesla and Porsche, but the Polestar 2 looks to be an electric saloon car built on Volvo’s CMA platform (the one underpinning the XC40 et al) and have a price range of £35-50k. Which seems like it’s aimed straight at the Model 3.
How Polestar will differentiate the looks of the Polestar 2 from Volvo offerings remains to be seen, but perhaps the Volvo 4o.2 Concept from 2016 (pictured above) gives us a starting point, just as the Volvo Concept Coupe gave us our first look at the Polestar 1.
Polestar say the Polestar 2 will be a sporty car, although the ‘Drive’ is said to be more important than outright acceleration (which sounds a lot like Jaguar’s thinking with the I-Pace) and will come with a 300 mile range.
More detail will doubtless arrive in the next few months.