In case it has slipped your mind, Polestar is an ‘electric performance car brand’ jointly owned by Volvo and Geely. The brand is managed out of Gothenburg, Sweden but produced in Chengdu, China. The Polestar 1 performance hybrid coupe – announced in 2017 and limited to 500 units per year – is currently in production with deliveries scheduled before the end of 2019.
The Polestar 2, a 4-door notchback and a rival to the Tesla Model 3, was unveiled earlier this year. It made its first public appearance in the Geneva motor show in March and has since gone a roadshow, including a stop at the Frankfurt motor show, in the shape of a standalone pop up store.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the design of the Polestar 2 takes after the Concept 40.2 shown by Volvo a few years ago. It also sits on the CMA platform which underpins the Volvo XC40. In the flesh, the production-ready Polestar 2 looks rather handsome. It is planned for production early next year.
Priced at €59,900, the fully-electric Polestar 2 boasts some serious performance numbers – 408 hp and 660 Nm, with a 0-100km/h time of 4.7 seconds courtesy of all-wheel drive traction. It’ll also come with a battery capacity of 78 kWh, good for a targeted range of 500 km per charge, based on the WLTP standard, which is impressive.
The Polestar 2 can also be optioned with a Performance Pack comprising Ohlins dampers, Brembo brakes, 20-inch forged alloys along with signature gold seat belts. Volvo Car Malaysia has no plans yet to make the Polestar 2 available in Malaysia, but we think it’s definitely worth considering.