Polestar is ready to battle Tesla with the debut of the Polestar 2 – its direct rival to the Model 3. The Polestar 2 is a fully electric sedan, which will have a driving range around 275 miles when it arrives in 2020.
The Polestar 2 may look a bit familiar, since it looks pretty close to the Volvo 40.2 concept that debuted in 2016. It also has the same high-riding look as the 40.2 concept, while its fastback five-door layout will make it more versatile.
The Polestar 2 is based on Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture platform and is powered by two electric motors and a 78 kWh battery. The two electric motors generate a combined 408 hp and 487 lb-ft. of torque, which can accelerate the Polestar 2 from 0-62 mph in under five seconds.
The 27-module battery pack is also integrated into the floor to improve the rigidity of the chassis and improve the Polestar 2’s noise, vibration and harshness levels.
A Performance Pack is also available with Öhlins dampers, Brembo brakes and unique 20-inch forged wheels. It also adds gold seat belts, brake calipers and valve caps.
Inside the Polestar 2 features a new 11-inch Android infotainment system that embeds Google services, like Google Assistant, Google Maps and the Google Play Store.
Production of the Polestar 2 will kick off in China in early 2020. Pricing in Europe starts at 39,900 Euros. Polestar hasn’t announced the base price for the Polestar 2 in the US, only the pricing for the unique Launch Edition, which starts at $63,000.