Polestar 2 to start at $69,900 in Canada.
The fully electric, five-door fastback gets two electric motors and AWD.
Zero to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds, driving range estimated at 440 km.
Given the current state of the world right now, as everyone is trying to contain the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, it’s probably very challenging to start production of an all-new model. And yet the Polestar 2’s assembly is now under way.
The fully-electric, five-door fastback sedan is the brand’s second model after the limited-run Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid. It’s equipped with an electric motor at each axle, creating an all-wheel drivetrain, and combined output is rated at 408 horsepower along with 487 pound-feet of torque. According to the manufacturer, the 0 to 100 km/h sprint is cleared in 4.7 seconds. A towing capacity of up to 1,500 kg (3,307 lbs.) has also been announced for the European market.
The Polestar 2 also boasts a 78-kWh battery pack, giving it an EPA-estimated driving range of 275 miles, or 440 kilometres, on a single charge. Maximum charge speed is set at 150 kW, while an 11-kW on-board charger is included.
A Performance package is available, which bundles Brembo brakes, gold-painted callipers, Öhlins Dual Flow Valve dampers, 20-inch forged alloy wheels and gold-coloured seat belts.
With an overall length of 4,606 millimetres, a width of 1,985 mm (including mirrors) and a height of 1,479 mm, the Polestar 2 is roughly the same size as the BMW 3 Series, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Audi A4, albeit a bit stubbier as it rides on a 2,735-mm wheelbase. It’s also more or less the same size as a Tesla Model 3. It can seat five occupants, and its hatchback gives some added versatility along with a 405-litre rear trunk. The front trunk (or frunk as some may call it) has a volume of 35 litres.
The Polestar 2 is also the first car in the world to feature an infotainment system powered by Android, with Google Assistant, Google Maps and Google Store baked in. Six paint colours will be available at launch, and environmentalists will be happy to know that the electric vehicle’s seats are wrapped in what the brand calls WeaveTech, a water-based PVC material that is said to be dirt and moisture resistant, and is free from animal products. It’s available in Slate and Charcoal hues, surround by dark ash accenting. Or, if we don’t like the vegan stuff, we can always go with the optional Barley-coloured Nappa leather surrounded by a reconstructed wood décor.
In addition, the Polestar 2 doesn’t have a key, relying instead on the nearby presence of the driver’s smartphone to unlock its doors and start. In other words, if we break our phone, we can’t take our car to the store to get it fixed. That never happens, right?
The standard feature list also includes a panoramic glass roof (that doesn’t open), heated windshield wiper nozzles, heated front and rear outboard seats, a heated steering wheel, a Harman/Kardon sound system, an 11.15-inch vertical touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital driver instrument panel, four USB ports, dual-zone climate control and the usual slew of advanced safety driving aids.
The first deliveries of the Polestar 2 will begin in July 2020 in Canada, and the car will start out at $69,900.