Volvo’s Polestar is likely to become an overnight sensation, nearly two years in the making. The 100% electric Polestar 2 will compete with the likes of the Tesla Model 3.
Back in June of 2017, Volvo turned the lights on at Polestar, after purchasing it outright, and gave it a very specific mission: Make electrified vehicles.
The Polestar 1 garnered loads of attention for its sleek styling and bonkers levels of hybrid performance. Available in limited quantities and quite expensive, it served its purpose – introduce the new Polestar to the world.
The near future belongs to the Polestar 2 and there’s lots to like. Here are three things you need to know about the vehicle:
- It’ll be quick. The Polestar 2 will feature two electric motors, one on each axle, 408-horsepower and 487 lb.-ft. of torque which will be enough to propel the car to 100 km/h in under 5 seconds. Range is expected to hover around the 450-km mark.
- Pricing for the Polestar 2 is set to begin at 40,000 euros or the equivalent of about $45,000 USD. In CDN dollars, we’ll venture a guess and say between $52,000 and $55,000. If this is in your price range, you’ll have to wait a while as the 60,000-euro ($69,900 CDN) Launch Edition will be exclusively built for the first 12 months.
- The Polestar 2 looks like a Volvo S60 Cross Country, if it was to return. And although it will be available for purchase, Polestar will push the subscription plan that allows users to pay a monthly fee and have access to cars. When you do decide to buy your Polestar 2, you’ll have to go online at Polestar.com and configure your ride.
- Bonus! Last night, Tesla’s Musk tweeted a mysterious tweet that read: “Thursday 2pm.” We’re not 100% certain what’s up but we’re thinking this has something to do with Model Y that we all know is coming, eventually…
Production of the Polestar 2 will begin in early 2020 with deliveries in Canada expected by July of the same year. The 2 will be followed by the Polestar 3 which will be a fully electric SUV.