Polestar 1 Officially Revealed As A 600HP Hybrid Coupe With 93 Miles Of EV Range

The new Polestar One is finally out, with the company releasing all the details on their new halo model during a special event in Shanghai.

Set to become a halo model for the brand, the new Polestar One is a two-door, 2+2 seat Gran Tourer that’s powered by a powerful ‘Electric Performance Hybrid’ powertrain churning out 600hp and 1000Nm (737lb-ft) of torque.

As expected, the new Polestar One is based on Volvo’s Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) but the standalone performance brand claims that around 50 percent of their latest creation is new and bespoke, created by their own engineers.

This happened because Polestar wants the One to be a true performance coupe, giving it things like an all-new Öhlins Continuously Controlled Electronic Suspension (CESi) and a full carbon-fiber bodywork that not only is lighter but also improves torsional stiffness by 45 percent.

Polestar 1’s rear axle is powered by two electric motors that also enable torque vectoring for maximum grip and speed while cornering. A four-cylinder 2.0-liter Drive-E engine powers the front axle. The two rear electric motors produce 218hp, allowing the new performance model to run on electricity alone for 150km (93 miles), which is the longest all-electric range of any hybrid model in the market. Weight distribution is 48:52 front to rear while the brakes come from Akebono and feature six-piston calipers and 400mm discs.

“Polestar 1 is the first car to carry the Polestar on the bonnet,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer of Polestar. “A beautiful GT with amazing technology packed into it – a great start for our new Polestar brand. All future cars from Polestar will feature a fully electric drivetrain, delivering on our brand vision of being the new standalone electric performance brand”.

As for when we are going to see it launching into the market, the company says that production will begin in mid-2019 at a new, state-of-the-art Polestar Production Center in Chengdu, China. The production facility is currently under construction and is expected to be complete in mid-2018.

Polestar will adopt a subscription sales model instead of the traditional one, with cars to be ordered 100% online and offered on a two- or three-year subscription basis. The subscription will have no deposit and will be all-inclusive, meaning delivery, maintenance, insurance and the option to use other Polestar or Volvo models for a flat monthly fee. Polestar will also offer an online concierge service via a mobile app.

Polestar also announced that its future models will be all-electric ones, starting with the Polestar 2 which will enter production in 2019 as the first battery-electric model from the Volvo Car Group. The company even names the Tesla Model 3 as the main rival for their upcoming mid-sized EV. The initial Polestar product roll-out will be completed with the launch of the Polestar 3, a mid-sized all-electric SUV.

Customers can pre-order the new Polestar 1 as of now, as the company is accepting “expressions of interest” immediately.


  • I’mCallingYouOut

    That gold suit is intense! And this coupe is Sexy AF.

    • Christian

      It’s brown!

      • Kagiso Mutlaneng

        It’s Mustard!

      • fabri99

        It’s mustard yellow!

      • Bob

        It’s sh#te.

  • Leconte Dave

    Sexy Volvo

  • roy

    My only problem is why does this car look like a volvo, considering polestar is a separate brand

    • mccarluvr123

      Same! I would much rather have this be a Volvo.

    • Marty

      Exactly. If you want it to be a separate brand, why make it a 100 % obvious Volvo?

    • Merc1

      That’s because it’s marketing bullshit. It’s a Volvo.


      • LWOAP

        No, it’s Polestar. Yeah, they used a Volvo concept but they’re seperate from Volvo. It’s the same with RUF. They build cars based off of Porsche’s but they are separate from Porsche.

        • Bo Hanan

          No! RUF’s are based on production Porsches. This will be a stand alone Volvo. Volvo will not have a cheaper version.

        • MarketAndChurch

          I hope you’re right. This was developed as a Volvo, under volvo-ownership prior to the split.

        • KenjiK

          “It’s the same with RUF. They build cars based off of Porsche’s but they are separate from Porsche”

          And they look exactly like Porsches. Just like this “Polestar” looks exactly like a Volvo.

          • LWOAP

            And how is that a problem?

          • KenjiK

            What makes you think that it might be a problem for me?

            PS : But actually, i do agree with Merc1. RUF has never been an official part of Porsche. Polestar was.

          • LWOAP

            I was just under the impression given people’s general response to the Polestar not being a Volvo. You can go ahead and disregard my last response.

        • D3X

          Basically, It’s sort of the same with like Acura, Scion, or Genesis.

    • Bo Hanan

      As are AMG’s actually Merc’s.

      • roy

        But then amg sells models based on mars but polestar had no such plans

    • Erzhik

      Because it’s cheaper to use an already available design. If they start making their own true car with an original design, they will close their doors before they even begin.

      • roy

        I mean design elements like lamps and certain sheet metals should have been different at the least.

  • Christian

    Wait what, this is a Volvo? :O

    • LWOAP

      It’s a concept made by Volvo back in 2013, yes.

  • disqus_83g6mJmr6l

    is Polestar like a ‘MOTORSPORT’ for BMW & AMG for Mercedes?

    • Leconte Dave

      I don’t think so. i’m also confused..

      • donald seymour

        Your comment had me laughing and sums up my thoughts perfectly.

    • Kagiso Mutlaneng

      Used to be. They used to tune cars for Volvo, now they are less like AMG and more like Brabus, well more like Ruf w/ Porsche chassis.

    • Vanquish

      Polestar used to be the performance arm for Volvo; they created the S60 Polestar but theyre creating their own model

    • Waleesa1

      It used to be an in-house performance division of Volvo. They are now ‘independent’ but still part of the Volvo family. Just like Mercedes AMG has its own CEO but is still part of Mercedes Benz/Daimler AG.

  • Manhattan

    Even though it is a production model, the quality of this car’s design is very high.

  • GTR nismo

    Even though it is a production model, the quality of this car’s design is very high.

    • brn

      Looks like “GTR nismo” and “Manhattan” are the same person. Did you lose track of your accounts?

  • kello3000

    Side profile is a short, not properly propotioned Mustang. The rims re bland and the logo is stupid AF.

    Other than that good job. I like what they want to communicate with this car and wish them success.

  • AstonMartin

    Have loved this design since it was launched as a concept. Will definitely order one once available.

    • Rocket

      Don’t you mean you’ll be “subscribing” when available? Sounds like a pre-subscribed model won’t be available for purchase for two or three years after launch.

      • Jonathan Garcia

        They also said you can purchase one.

        • Rocket

          Actually, they said you could “order” one. Everything I’ve read indicates subscription only via a two or three year all-inclusive lease. According to Car and Driver, even lease returns will be leased again as Certified Pre-Owned models. It’s a unique way to go to market, that’s for sure.

          • Jonathan Garcia

            Its always good to read multiple articles for the correct and full information.


          • Rocket

            Polestar continues to waffle on the subject. Another update from Autoblog:

            “Press manager Johan Meissner gave us the following statement: “In simple terms, all Polestar cars will be offered on a comprehensive subscription basis that will cover depreciation, insurance and routine maintenance. If you wish to understand the cost of a Polestar 1, purely for competitor comparative reasons, the indicative target price would be in the region of 130-150,000 Euros. If a customer wanted to purchase the car outright, this is something that we would assess nearer the time.”

            We’d love to say that everything is now clear, but it isn’t. There’s still no indication of when a decision will be made as to the price of a Polestar 1. What is clear, though, is that the subscription model is the one Polestar is banking on, leaving an outright purchase price something of an afterthought. At present, 130,000 – 150,000 euros equals $153,000 – $177,000 in the States.”

  • ErnieB

    Sooo.. polestar is.. wtf.. its a Volvo.. badass though ..

  • Like it

    We are definitely seeing the end of the combustion engine coming in the near future and the way technology is developing its an exciting time for car design…….so sad too bad for the Saudi’s, not before time though.

    • Enter Ranting

      When the Middle East realizes they’ve got nothing anyone is interested in, we’re gonna see some real crazy stuff.

  • Ole Petter Hvesser

    Really nice looking coupe! The grill looks a bit empty without a logo tho

  • Denzel

    The Polestar 2&3 should be all new designs. Given that the Polestar 1 was a Volvo concept first which was beautiful then and now. I think that this was the plan from the start. Volvo will keep their lineup as simple as possible with sedan, wagon and suv body styles. With Polestar being a standalone high performance luxury ev brand now should be interesting.

    • D3X

      It may not be. Polestar 2 is a budget model 4 door that is designed to compete with the Tesla 3, and the Polestar 3 is going to be a small crossover performance vehicle designed to compete with the Model X. My guess is that the Polestar 2 will be based on the next coming Volvo S60 SPA, and the Polestar 3 will be the performance version of the Volvo XC40.

      The Polestar 1 will be the flagship halo car for the brand.

  • Owen Hamilton

    Why don’t Volvo just release this without the electric bits as a new C70.

  • parsecus
    • Kagiso Mutlaneng

      This would make such a sick C70!

    • Tumbi Mtika

      There we go!!!

  • fabri99

    Looks fantastic, but…what is it really? Is Volvo still behind this car? If not, how can they accept Polestar using their design?

    • Vassilis

      It’s a collaboration between the two companies.

      • D3X

        Polestar is wholly owned by Volvo / Geely, so is it 2 companies, 3 or 1?

        • Vassilis

          Audi is owned by VW but they’re still two companies. Same here.

    • It’s Chinese now; they can use whatever design they want.

  • EM1

    Made in China

  • Carmelo Van Cabboi

    This car looks soooo damn good

  • Vassilis

    Looks good!

  • salamOOn

    i dont know…. put a volvo badges on, itll be better looking. or just redesign your logo, looks super empty and plain…..especially back end.

    if you wanna be “independent” automaker, then you better to make it more different from volvo.

  • dumblikeyou2

    Those tail lights that look out of place on the sedan, look awesome on this coupe. The Audi A5 looks dumpy compared to this.

  • RDS Alphard

    It’s so damn good looking!

  • Craig

    The first thing I thought was… ‘Wow!! Did Ford buy Volvo again?!”


    P1800 reborn

  • Tumbi Mtika

    This NEEDS a Volvo badge.

  • Salih Ahzem

    This is very similar of what Alpina is to BMW, in this case for Volvo… Technically different brands but base (interior, design etc.) is shared.

    • Nordschleife

      Yeah but every Alpina model had a BMW counterpart so unless Volvo plans on producing a C90 coupè with the normal powertain I don’t see them as being similar.

      • Salih Ahzem

        I recall Volvo filing a patent for the name of C90 in the States, so time will tell…

  • Cupboi

    As i said before, i don’t get why this isn’t a Volvo. It has all the design cues…

    Again, i think this decision will be terrible on the long run, especially for Volvo. I could even picture some people buying Volvo badges in the aftermarket.

  • Nordschleife

    Volvo would have had more selling cache and name recognition if they just would’ve made it a Volvo. I think it just stupid and knowing me if I could afford it I’ll just put Volvo lettering on the back and the badge on the front like Parsecus rendered.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Lost me at “hybrid.”

    • javier

      dude you gonna be hopelessly lost when we can’t even get hybrids anymore and everything is electro

      • Six Thousand Times

        That will be fine – when they work and the prices come down a bit. But “hybrids ” are a step the wrong way.

  • Yilmaz Yasar

    Really good looking but ı dont understand why short rear cabin and long baggage door there is no room for passengers . And this car need cool name / sport interior

  • sean tooher

    dated design …. like an afterthought by some 1990s designer with a grudge against the brand …. that side view is especially f****d up BIG TIME !!!!

  • Rocket

    They can call it whatever they like, but my eyes are telling me that’s a Polestar-tuned Volvo coupe.

  • javier

    that’s nice , i like it

  • javier

    way better looking than anything from merc or audi


    • LWOAP

      It’s not a naming strategy. It’s Polestar going independent and making their own vehicles. Yeah, they used Volvo’s concept – I’m guessing the CEO of Polestar designing the Coupe concept had something to do with it although I’m not entirely sure – but it’s not going to be sold as a Volvo. Of course, people are justifiably upset.

  • Tinky-Winky

    That car doesn’t really look like it has 600hp, it’s almost like a sleeper.


    I don’t see why people are complaining about this not being a Volvo. I’m pretty certain Volvo has no intentions on making a production model of the coupe concept because if they did, they would have done it by now. Just be glad it’s seeing the light of day. Yeah, it’s a Polestar and not a Volvo. I don’t see how that’s a big deal.

    • Nordschleife

      Because it would have been a great halo model for the Volvo brand. Because it looks like a Volvo and because that’s how we feel. We are happy to see that the design is seeing the light of day but imagine the fan fare if we could have said Volvo did this and not some merger of a company that once own ed a company. It was a missed opportunity and we are calling them out on that.

    • D3X

      I agree with LWOAP, It doesn’t matter what the name is. As long as it sees the light of day, we all know it’s the 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe as a production model. Polestar has been around under the Volvo umbrella for quite some time, and people had no idea it even existed. So Volvo coming out with a new brand like how Hyundai has with their Genesis lineup is a similar thought process.

  • J D

    So Polestar is meant to be a new standalone electric car company, but their first car is a gasoline-electric hybrid Volvo. Strange way to establish a new brand.

    Of course, the CEO of Polestar was the designer of the Volvo Coupe Concept, so that explains part of it.

  • Enter Ranting

    So, will Polestar be opening dedicated dealerships in the US? Can I get my Polestar serviced at a Volvo dealership? Overall, the car is gorgeous, but the design screams Volvo. The interior is straight out of the Volvo S90!

    • Nordschleife

      Eventually they will but they will start with a subscription service for direct sales.

  • Sébastien

    I see what Audi A5 gen 1 refreshed could have been

  • Waleesa1

    From the photos, the exterior looks better than the Mercedes S Coupe. I think the design looks better here than it does on the S90 sedan.

  • Skye

    At first glance it looked like an Audi A7 with Volvo headlights.

  • exeptor

    I agree that there are some odd things in the car, but all of these become irrelevant when we see a new coupe. Not SUV, not sedan, not estate, not some Ring monster,not crossover, etc. Unpractical and expensive machine which only purpose is to move you from A to B in style, making your life just a little bit better. This is enough for me to adore it.

  • benT

    should be a minimum number of miles/kilometers in order to name a car as being a hybrid electric vehicle. My suggestion is 200 miles/360 kilometers on pure battery operation at highway speeds not less than 120 kilometers per hour.

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