The Polestar 2 made its world debut earlier this year in February, and it’s currently being displayed at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Polestar 2 is basically the production version of the Volvo 40.2 concept from 2016, albeit designed exclusively to be a pure electric vehicle, rivalling the likes of the Tesla Model 3.
The range-topping model is powered by a pair of electric motors, each producing 150 kW (204 hp) and 330 Nm of torque, are placed on each axle to provide all-wheel drive. Together, the system produces 300 kW (408 hp) and 660 Nm. That’s as powerful as Volvo’s T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid engine, but with an additional 20 Nm, allowing the Polestar 2 to sprint from zero to 100 km/h in under five seconds. With a 78 kWh battery, Polestar targets a range of up to 500 km on the new, more stringent WLTP cycle.
It’s built on the same Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform as the Volvo XC40 and the Lynk & Co 01, 02 and 03, and the 27-module battery pack is integrated into the floor of the car, contributing to chassis rigidity. It also reduces noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) – road noise is said to be 3.7 dB lower compared to a conventional chassis.
Inside, there’s a massive 11-inch portrait-format touchscreen, which is linked to a new Android-based infotainment system. It’s developed in collaboration with Google, featuring built-in Google Assistant voice control, Google Maps navigation (complete with charging station locations) and Google Play Store for additional apps.
The Polestar 2 will feature a vegan interior as standard, with options including fabric and a new Weave Tech material that the company says is inspired by diving wetsuits. It’s water and dirt resistant, although you can also pick perforated Nappa leather if you so wish. There are also a number of trim options such as a 3D-etched polycarbonate and black ash wood.
At launch, buyers can specify a Performance Pack that adds Öhlins dampers, Brembo brakes and 20-inch forged alloy wheels, plus gold accents including the seat belts, brake callipers and valve caps on the wheels. Pricing for the first 12 months will start at €39,900 (RM184,800), rising up to €59,900 (RM277,400) for the launch version with all the bells and whistles, and the car will also be available through subscription. Production will kick off in China in February next year.