Volvo’s Polestar 2 electric sedan could be available in Australia as early as next year.
It is anticipated the price point could be around the $63,500 mark, pitching it close to the anticipated price of the cheapest examples of Tesla’s Model 3.
“Polestar 2 is our first fully electric car and first volume model. Everything about it has been designed and engineered with passion and dedication,’’ says chief executive Thomas Ingenlath.
“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,” he said.
The Polestar 2 features clean lines with links to Volvo’s conventionally powered S60 and S90 sedans.
But motivation comes from a pair of electric motors producing 300kW and 660Nm – enough to propel it from rest to 100km/h in less than five seconds.
A 78kWh battery provides range of about 500km and Volvo promises to establish “strategic collaborations to give Polestar 2 owners easy and hassle free access to the world’s largest public charging networks”.
Enthusiasts will be happy to know that high-performance Ohlins dampers and Brembo brakes are tucked away behind glamorous 20-inch wheels.
Other tech includes active LED headlights, the opportunity for drivers to use their smartphone as the car’s key, and a new Android-powered 11-inch infotainment screen with Google Maps and other features backed by the American tech giant.
Don’t be surprised to find seamless synching with Gmail, calendar apps and other services.
Polestar may be all electric but it will still benefit from Volvo’s full suite of advanced safety features.