The Polestar 2 EV Puts Tesla Model 3 on Notice



Aimed explicitly in the Tesla Model 3, and looking like it’s its scope calibrated well enough to score a direct hit, the new Polestar 2 has just dropped. Following on the heels of the stunning but much more exclusive Polestar 1, the 2 promises a wider buyer base as a result of its more approachable price.

Starting at $63,000 before federal and other possible tax incentives in the U.S., and with a subscription pricing plan to be announced at a later date, the Polestar 2 slots in toward the upper end of the Model 3 cost spectrum. But the basic specs suggest that there’s worth. It will scoot to 60 mph in a period of & ldquo; less than five seconds from zero and has 408 horsepower and 487 lb-ft of torque. ” Öhlins dampers are standard, as are Brembo brakes and wheels. The battery package promises a &ldquo range” of 275 miles per EPA test standards, and an vegan interior gives the Polestar 2 an air of consciousness than its own battery pack.

If you’re looking at the Polestar 2 and thinking to yourself, “Hey, that looks an awful lot like the Volvo 40.2 Concept! ”, congratulations, you’ve achieved a mind meld with us. Everyone might not please, but it & rsquo; s likely the only way to earn a design applicable in a world where another sedan fades into history by the minute. Inside, the brand new Polestar’s Volvo roots bleed through a little, but the pleasant minimalism and display figure out how to carve out some individuality. To get a more in-depth look in the Polestar 2’s design, keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming By Design from our design specialist, Robert Cumberford.

For the software-side tech heads, the Polestar 2 is more than just another slick, stylish, and speedy luxury EV: It’s the first execution of Google’s Android as the backbone of the vehicle ’s whole infotainment system. While Polestar hasn’t comprehensive the full scope of the platform, it does indicate that integration deeper than Android Auto will enable more functionality around center Google products like Maps, Assistant, and the Play store. The Android-based infotainment system is accessed and controlled through an 11.0-inch touchscreen display.

Bundle the embedded Android encounter with the feature–that lets ownerswell, use their phones as their keys, but also enables car sharing and Polestar’s pick-up and delivery solutions –and things get more interesting. The Polestar 2 can then feel when the driver is approaching (as long as they have their telephone ) and prepare for death by displaying relevant information like charging status and remaining range before the driver enters the cottage.

The Polestar 2 is available for preorder now, and will arrive in its launching markets of the U.S., China, Canada, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom shortly after generation kicks off in early 2020.

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