By B. O’Hare
First deliveries of the highly anticipated Polestar 2 have now taken place in Asia, with the 2 set to launch in Europe in just a few weeks time and North America this fall.
Starting at $59,900 before incentives, the 2 is powered by a 78kWh battery pack capable of around 275 miles per charge on the EPA cycle, or upwards of 300 on the WLTP equivalent. Total power output is 402bhp, with 0-60mph taking just 4.7 seconds. The 2 comes with ADAS as standard (Advanced Driver Assistance System) meaning lane-keep and assist at speeds of up to 81 mph.
Inside, the 2 is typically Volvo, but with an added touch of sportiness that has to be expected from a performance sub-brand – high quality with an emphasis on usability and comfort, as well as a low and engaged driver position and optimal gold-colored seat-belts to add a sense of power and speed. The central infotainment screen is powered by Android OS and will feature OTA (Over The Air) updates in the following months, one of which is expected to add Apple CarPlay funnily enough, the first time that will ever be seen running on an Android system!
A cheaper, entry-level Polestar 2 is anticipated to arrive early next year. It will reportedly start at $45,000 (or just $37,500 after the full FTC has been applied). It’s expected to have the same battery, range and power as the more expensive 2, but come with smaller alloys, gloss paint and only partially leather seats.
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