New Polaris 2: 402bhp checks in to cost £49,900

Polestar 2 Polestar Models That Tesla 3 Rival Goes On Sale In The UK Early Next Year With A 311-Mile Range

The second production model, the Polestar 2, will go on sale in the UK early next year, starting at €49,900.

The more affordable 2 follows the much more expensive Polestar 1, a Genesis electric performance brand that has been separated from Volvo. It will be launched in the UK and other key European markets in 2020.

The new model, described as “the first electric car to compete in the market around the Tesla Model 3,” is a five-door fastback that takes inspiration from Volvo models such as the S90 tool.

Polestar will start selling models online only. UK reservations are now being accepted on their website, with a £1000 deposit. Firm orders can be placed in early 2020, with first deliveries expected in June. Pounds 49,900 on the road the price includes ongoing maintenance and repairs for three years, plus VAT.

The first 12 months of production will be devoted to a fully loaded release. Polestar had previously quoted a price of around £51,000 for this model and suggested subsequent base models would have a "price guide" of around £34,500, similar to the Model 3.

First shown at the Geneva Motor Show and subsequently at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the 2 sits on the Volvo Compact Modular Architecture (CHM) platform, which is also used on cars such as the Link & KO 01 and the Volvo XC40.

It has two electric motors mounted on both axles with four wheels and a 27-module, 78kWh battery integrated into the floor. Polaris claims the package promotes durability and helps reduce road noise by 3,7 dB compared to a traditional chassis.

The powertrain produces 402bhp and 487lb ft of torque, translating into 0-62mph times of “less than five seconds”. It's not yet clear if the cheaper options will get the detuned version. The Target range is quoted at 311 miles on the new, tougher WLTP cycle - a figure quite low, along with the Model 3 and Jaguar i-Pace.

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The interior also draws inspiration from current Volvo models, but it features Bespoke technology, including a new Android-powered infotainment system. One of the first vehicles to be sold with this operating system, Android 2's customization “provides a strong and adaptable digital environment for applications and vehicle functions to coexist,” according to Polaris.

It brings with it a suite of Google services, including the Google Assistant, Google Maps with EV features and the Google Play Store, all controlled via the new 11.0's touchscreen. Additional technologies, such as numerous connected services and the ability to use your smartphone as a car key, are also included. As with Volvo by model, safety features such as pilot assist semi-autonomous driving, LED matrix adaptive high beam and automatic emergency braking are available.

The 2 also follows the latest trends, having a vegan interior as standard, which, according to head of design Maximilian Missoni, features “progressive fabrics that will appeal to forward-thinking viewers who will subscribe to Polaris 2.”

Issue 2 will begin in China in early 2020, for left- and right-hand drive markets, including the UK.

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