Here’s The Polestar 2 In The Flesh From Geneva

Volvo’s Polestar brand showed their new 2 fully-electric lifback for the first time in public at the Geneva Motor Show this week. We’ve updated our post with live images below. (Update 3/5/2019)

Polestar has revealed the 2, the brand’s all-electric compact fastback and perhaps the world’s first true rival to the Tesla Model 3.

The all-electric 2020 Polestar 2 will launch featuring two electric motors with a combined output of 402hp (300kW) and 487lb-ft (660Nm) of torque, a 78kWh battery pack for markets outside China and a targeted range of 275 miles (EPA), or 500km (WLTP) depending on which side of the pond you live in.

Polestar is also targeting a starting price of 39,900 euros (around $45k in current exchange rates) in Germany but for the first 12 months of production they will only offer a ‘Launch’ edition, which will be priced at 59,900 euros in Germany and $63,000 in the USA, not including any government incentives.

As expected, the new Polestar 2 is based on Volvo’s CMA platform, which is also used on models like the XC40 compact SUV and the Lynk&Co 01. Polestar claims that the floor-mounted battery pack increases the chassis’ rigidity and reduces road noise by 3.7dB when compared to a normal, ICE-powered chassis.

Polestar will also offer an optional Performance package that improves handling by adding Öhlins dampers, Brembo brakes and unique 20-inch forged wheels. The package also includes gold seat belts, brake calipers and valve caps.

One of the many highlights of the new all-electric Polestar 2 can be found inside, as it will be one of the first production cars to come with an Android infotainment system. The new infotainment will operate through an 11-inch touchscreen display and provide an adaptable digital environment that combines your favorite apps and Google services with various vehicle functions.

“Polestar 2 is our first fully electric car and first volume model. Everything about it has been designed and engineered with passion and dedication. As an electric performance brand, and through the forthcoming launch of a portfolio of fully electric cars, Polestar is determined to address the world’s air quality challenges. Polestar delivers electric performance cars that are great to own and drive,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer of Polestar.

Other unique features will include the new Pixel LED headlights (not available in the US due to legislation), a proximity lighting feature that gives the owner a welcome sequence, frameless side mirrors and more.

As with the plug-in hybrid 1 coupe, the new 2020 Polestar 2 EV will only be available for order online. Customers will be able to outright purchase the new EV, with Polestar to offer a subscription service on a later date. Polestar aims to start production of the 2 in early 2020 in China for global markets.

Initial launch markets include China, the United States, Canada, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the UK. The 2020 Polestar 2 is currently on display at the Geneva Motor Show.

 

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Live Photo Credits: Stefan Baldauf / Guido ten Brink for Carscoops

  • ZYGIUS

    So it’s electric Volvo S40?

    • Mike anonymous

      Since the two companies (Volvo, & spin-off company Polestar, ) share quite a lot of things, I suppose it is.

      But it seems less like a re-badged Volvo and more so a vehicle (in a similar segment) that’s all on its’ own.

    • Rocket

      Close. I’d say it’s more like an electric XC40 “coupe”.

      • D3X

        or in Volvo model speak: S40 CC EV.

  • Rocket

    I have repeatedly criticized Volvo’s overreliance on the touchscreen interface, but at least the screen was well-integrated into the dash. It’s disappointing to see Volvo follow the look-I-have-a-big-tablet-too trend.

  • Gustavo Adriano

    Man, the last thing that I was in need in this car it’s the headlights, what awful…The rest it’s pretty good. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7a4acaf61b231cfc5d0275bed02914feeb74518692b28001b27a4e2156621968.jpg

  • salamOOn

    i dont like that huge glossy black panel around the shifter, also its some wasted space there between shifter and first cup holder…..

  • Baeyoung ❂

    Volvo goes square again…

    • D3X

      so they are going full circle…

  • vvmdrf

    Very sharp looking. Love all the details.

  • Mike anonymous

    Pretty Darn Faithful To The Concept. Minus the obvious Volvo Badging as this is technically under the company PoleStar (not a brand under Volvo, but a separate company all together). It is something I really am beginning to love about Polestar; theirNo BS” (in their words) approach to actually producing the concepts formerly introduced, and actually having the courage to pull of a (not good, but) GREAT ‘concept to production’ process.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9b602d1a50e2a2820e5409f65f3fe883241df45f54958782b414162c6dfee72a.png

    Volvos’ vehicles tend to come out looking only reminiscent of the concepts they debut, while Polestar on the other hand is dead on and faithful to their concepts (example below) down to how and where the panel gaps align on the vehicles (if you don’t believe me, this is something they talked about in 2017). Not a detail goes un-noticed with this brand, and I personally thing that is going to gave them quite the advantage competing in this segment against the likes of Tesla & others.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e62ae29475902ab774949f7eacaa9a75b9b2c7642222ff45cfd7fe85fff86825.png

    • vvmdrf

      Well said. Its so refreshing that the concept cars actually preview a real car and that its not massively butchered with corners cut. Just as Volvo has turned around brand image and profits, no doubt this car will sell.

    • Nordschleife

      While I agree it’s still a Volvo and it bothers me more than I might let on. I think it’s ridiculous to just take concept Volvo’s and bring them to market as Polestar as if these are new vehicles. I technically let the Polestar 1 slide but trying to build a brand off previous Volvo concepts is not a great idea in my opinion.

      • D3X

        Maybe not from a performance angle, but from other aspects like safety, practicality, and even quality. Volvo is great brand to lean on, which is likely why Polestar elected to keep the original roots in the products.

      • Mike anonymous

        I definitely get what you mean. The Original Volvo Coupe Concept was designed to be a Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle, & The Volvo 40.2 a fully Electric vehicle.

        It does not bother me so much becuase I think it was more so a timing thing. When both vehicles Launched as concepts, Volvo had plans to put them into production (at some point), but Polestar was still a performance brand under Volvo (before becoming it’s own spin-off EV company).

        The Coupe & 40.2 Concepts were the only ones Polestar can/could really use from Volvo. I am sure future Polestar models will have their own concepts and designs to use (opposed to taking those meant for Volvo) going forward.

        • Nordschleife

          And they also could’ve waited until they had their own concepts to produce. I mean many cars share the same internals so what was wrong with waiting until they had their own design language before launching the brand. It could’ve been built at the same plant and everything just like most other cars from from two different brands under the same corporate umbrella.

    • Marty

      Well, as you could see with XC40, that concept was pretty close to the production version. And this was also supposed to be a Volvo …which was also pretty close to the concept. So the only thing Polestar has done this far is slapping their brand on cars that were most likely going to be produced anyway. I can’t be impressed by that.

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    S40’s electric successor

  • DaruniaG

    Beautiful interior!

    Exterior is great too, but I don´t like the sideprofile

  • EM1

    Motor Trend indicated that it will have a base price of $63,000. WHAT!
    It’s made in China for low costs, maybe a 1/3 of what it would cost in Sweden, and charge this amount. Anyway, I believe $35,000 might be more correct.

    • designer_dick

      As stated in the article, for the first year of production, they’ll only be offering the Launch edition, priced at $63,000, with $45k versions coming later, so basically not that different from what Tesla did with the Model 3. The one key difference between this and the Model 3 is that I actually have confidence that Polestar/Volvo will be able to produce the cheaper model on schedule, unlike Tesla, who continue to kick the now mythical $35k Model 3 further down the road.

      • Stephen G

        If the Launch continues to sell well at $63K you’re not gonna see a $45K version, guaranteed.

      • D3X

        It’s launching with the performance model which includes the Ohlin and Brembo brakes with I assume the performance tune as well to compete with the high performance AWD Tesla Model 3. So that’s where the price difference is.

        • designer_dick

          With a combined 402hp and 487lb-ft of torque from two electric motors, that’s a safe assumption. There will no doubt be lower-powered, substantially less expensive single motor versions along in due course, despite what some seem to think.

  • Nordschleife

    I guess I was expecting a greater differentiation between this and any Volvo considering this had a longer development time. I don’t know why I assumed that but this like the Polestar 1, could’ve just been a Volvo. And that dark blank grille bothers me because it’s shape (just like the Polestar 1) needs a damn emblem.

    • Marty

      It’s was no surprise that this was going to be the production version of the 40.2 concept.

  • lagunas3ca

    Great looking car if you have zero taste.

    • Mr. EP9

      A perfect competitor for the Model 3 then.

  • Marty

    Noooooo! Et tu Volvo!
    The brand with some of the best visual touch screen integrations just throws it all in the dustbin – glues a piece of cheap crap to dash like everyone else and calls it a day.

    • badcyclist

      yeah– I don’t get that… at all.

  • Stephen G

    Looks like a refresh of the previous generation Ford 500/Taurus/Mercury Montego

  • no25

    Okay, but how is anyone supposed to get air from those air vents hiding behind the screen?

    • designer_dick

      Air isn’t a solid. It won’t get stuck.

      • no25

        yeah, im not stupid. the way they’re point though will not allow air to get to the passenger

    • Marty

      Ventilation isn’t important. Design isn’t important. Ergonomics isn’t important. The only important thing is that the iPad is as big as possible.

      If my kids made a design like that I would yell at them and tell them not to lean their bloody iPad against my dashboard.

    • Matt

      The air flows upwards and is diffused rather than blowing in your face.

    • Yavor

      It’s to cool down the overheated tablet 😛

  • Toronado_II

    Follow the trend…
    Is it a sedan ? No.
    A coupe ? No
    A suv, a cuv ? No
    A suv coupe ? Neither…
    A mess ?

    • D3X

      A mess? nope, that’s one very nice car.

      EV? Yes, I believe that’s a trend too.

    • Yavor

      Polestar: let’s create something new, something different.

      Random interneter: I want the same! Unless it’s the same, then I want something different!

  • kDawg

    Interior is nice but the outside looks cheap especially the profile. mehhhhh. Tesla is still the winner for now. Model Y announcement should come out tomorrow.

    • designer_dick

      Well, at least the Polestar’s panels all look like they fit correctly.

  • Lloyd Anthony D Peters

    Digging it. Remains very close to the Concept 40.2. Clean lines and remarkably Volvo in design. Which is to say chunky and Swedish. I’d prefer this over the Jaguar I-Pace.

    • Lloyd Anthony D Peters

      Still holding out hope that the Concept Estate makes it to production and remains as sexy as its concept too.

  • TheBelltower

    The interior is dull, the exterior is a mess, and the range is much lower than the Model 3. Not exactly a winning combo.

    • Matt

      If that interior is dull, then what do you make of the Model 3?

      • TheBelltower

        Clean, purposeful and game changing. This is ordinary and forgettable. It’s nothing.

        • Chuck_Knut

          That’s not “clean, purposeful and game changing”. It’s an interior designed by tech nerds who don’t know a thing about car interior design.

          • Enter Ranting

            Things like ergonomics, materials and assembly quality. Tesla interiors are a huge leap backward.

          • TheBelltower

            Maybe in some ways. But at least they are putting thought into their designs and not simply regurgitating the same old status quo from the previous models just because Camry and Sonata owners and CR like it that way. I prefer the minimal design. It’s the futuristic design that the concept cars from conventional brands have been promising and not delivering for forty years.

          • TheBelltower

            If the Polestar is what you consider “knowing a thing about car interior design” then I’ll take the stuff from the tech nerds. The designers within automotive industry has become complacent and boring and the entire industry needs to be overhauled completely. Which Tesla is causing some of the brands to do. This “Polestar” design (dumb name) was especially phoned-in. This is the horsiest looking Volvo I’ve seen in a decade.

    • paulgdeaton

      This. What happened between Polestar 1 and Polestar 2? Did all the good designers get fired?

      The proportions are way off – as in Tesla Model X off. Nothing striking about the design; nothing alluring about the shape; nothing appealing about the look.

      A new brand needs to stand out. This one doesn’t.

  • StrangerGP

    boooring but at least they didn’t go crazy with the pricing like with Polestar 1

  • Liam Paul

    so you want a ford taurus ?

    • Nihar

      I want it to have Lincoln’s own new design language and dedicated specs. And a plug in version.

  • Kagan

    Still waiting for polestar 1!

    • Mr. EP9

      Pretty sure all of those are spoken for.

  • JRP

    Love the car, stupid name. I think they should have named the Polestar 1 as “Volvo C90” and the Polestar 2 as “Volvo S40”.

    • Joe E

      I posted this in the other Polestar post from today, but I think they’re hedging to see whether the mass luxury market gravitates toward new, all-electric brands (like Tesla), or toward established brands who begin building EVs. Just like the Japanese brands had to launch luxury marques in the late ’80s / early ’90s because U.S. buyers were accustomed to luxury brands being separate from mainstream brands.

      If it turns out that most buyers are fine with buying EVs from established brands, they can always fold Polestar back into Volvo. It’s harder to “spin out” a brand, especially into an entire tier higher; just look at the Genesis mess. Much easier to start separate and fold back in.

  • KidRed

    If this is a performance car, then why such a high riding height? Looks like an all-road.

    • Matt

      Because consumers like a higher seating position. It’ll sell more by not being a ‘traditional’ sedan. Doesn’t mean it won’t be fast.

  • Sébastien

    Too bad: just like Model3, it’s still not a liftback…

    • Alx

      Agreed. Sedans are just not practical imo.

      • Sébastien

        Well turns out Polestar2 is a hatchback!!

  • THE PROFILE IS DREADFUL. IT LOOKS LIKE IT WAS DESIGNED IN CHINA.

    • Yavor

      I’M HAPPY YOUR CAPS LOCK WORKS!

      • ISN’T IT A GREAT FEATURE?

  • SteersUright

    Fix the back, it looks awful, as if the design crew was undecided and grafted a generic sedan rear to an suv. Make the rear boxy, the way a proper CUV should be. Or better yet, redo the whole damn thing. The steering wheel design sucks too, the interior (giant screen aside) is way to drab and boring, the forged wheels look cast and rather dull….
    I’m just seeing some sort of Chinese rendition of a “modern” Saab.

  • Dennis Scipio

    What is this? it is a Sedan? a crossover?

    • Leo76

      notchback

  • Yishay

    Wrong track. This company will be bankrupt soon.

  • MultiKdizzle

    If any car has ever needed a drop, it’s this one.

  • Clearly it was design with China in mind, can they at least have more lower version for US/EU markets.

  • ErnieB

    Make it a wagon and I am sold!

  • Kagan

    Still waiting for 1!

  • salamOOn

    make it as volvo e-models…. this one as volvo e40.

    • Bo Hanan

      And whoever decided to “show’ the show car in white should be removed from these projects. Talk about vanila-dull. Steel gray or royal blue would have been better options.

  • Arthur Burnside

    More attractive than the bullnosed Model 3 and the interior is 1000% better than the idiotic Model 3 interior. Volvo also has limited top speed to 111 MPH. Tesla not only allows theri deathraps to go 130 – 140 MPH but actually presnts this insanity as a selling point !!! Tesla doesn’t give a damn about safety – every time one of their deathtraps kills another customer, Tesla blames the customer – after all – they can’t dispute anything that comes out of Tesla’s lying PR dept.

    • stockinbug

      … Tesla doesn’t give a damn about safety…

      Tesla Model 3 rates a perfect 5-stars in every NHTSA category and sub-category. Based on NHTSA raw data, Model 3 is likely the safest car they have ever tested. All the Tesla models get extremely high NHTSA scores. Better even than Volvo.

  • Mike Gonzalez

    I just don’t like it… looks a little crossover, Volvo can do so much better than this

  • Paul

    I almost want to like it, but it does look like an SUV though.

    • Sybill Julian

      true, too big on the rear

  • Bash

    Its so cool.

  • ZYGIUS

    What is purpose of fake grill.?

    • Yavor

      What fake grill?

  • lapirk
    • Yavor

      Ewww, SUV roof line, eww.

  • SteersUright

    Should’ve been a proper shooting brake, I’m not digging the sloping rear roofline.

    • Yavor

      No thank you.

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