All-wheel drive electric liftback targets the Tesla Model S as the Swedish spin-off brand goes mainstream.
Polestar has unveiled the car it hopes will take down the Tesla Model 3 overnight, in the form of the 2. It's stayed true to its original concept, too, with a design heavily inspired (almost entirely inspired, in fact) by the Volvo Concept 40.2.
On the inside, the Polestar 2 has a dashboard design that's quite different from the Volvo XC40, with a free floating portrait-orientation 11.0-inch touchscreen dominating the cabin.
Running on Google's Android operating system, the infotainment system has built-in Google Maps, natural language recognition via Google Assistant, and access to the Google Play Store for music and app downloads.
There are two electric motors, one for axle, generating a total of 300kW of power and 660Nm of torque. Polestar claims the 2 is capable of completing the 0-100km/h dash in under five seconds.
Equipped with a 78kWh battery, the Polestar 2 should have a driving range of around 500 kilometres under the WLTP cycle.
A Performance Pack improves handling via new Öhlins dampers, a Brembo braking package, and 20-inch forged alloy wheels. It also includes gold brake calipers, seat belts and valve caps.
When the Polestar 2 Launch Edition goes on sale in Germany it will be have a starting price of €59,900 ($94,800). Later versions will lower the entry point to €39,900 ($63,300).
Currently the cheapest Tesla Model 3 variant in Germany retails for €54,400 ($86,100) with a range of around 560km, and a 0-100km/h time of 4.8 seconds.
Production of the Polestar 2 is scheduled to begin in early 2020 at the company's factory in China. The vehicle will be produced in both left- and right-hand drive.