And this time the car won't be a plug-in hybrid.
Polestar has just announced it will reveal its second model, appropriately called the Polestar 2, on February 27, only a few days before this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Presumably, the car will be on live display at the show for the world to see, but the reveal itself will be streamed online. No guests will be invited. No media. As Polestar puts it: "The reveal is being held exclusively online to eliminate the environmental impact of flying guests around the world, thus supporting one of the benefits of electromobility.” Fair enough.
The Polestar 2 is actually even more important than the gorgeous Polestar 1 luxury coupe for a number of reasons.
First off, it’s all-electric, unlike the Polestar 1’s plug-in hybrid powertrain. From here on out, every new Polestar vehicle will be fully electrified. Second, the Polestar 1 is limited edition. The original plan was to build just 500 units per year for three years, but due to a large number of interested customers, Polestar may increase that figure. We’ll hopefully get an answer on that shortly.
The Polestar 2, however, will be built in greater numbers though nothing specific on that has been announced yet. The Tesla Model 3 will be its initial main rival and in order to make any sort of dent in its sales, Polestar will need to build a lot more than only 500 units annually.
As you may have already figured out, the Polestar 2 is a sedan and will be built on Volvo’s CMA platform – the very same platform that also underpins the Volvo XC40 small crossover. Unlike the Polestar 1, the Polestar 2 will be rear-wheel-drive. Expect a range of around 300 miles and output rated at about 400 hp or so. Pricing will also be priced very similarly to that of the Model 3, so figure around $35,000 as a starting point, but will go as high as $50,000 when fully optioned.
A couple of teaser images were released early last month but unfortunately nothing new today. Chances are Polestar will offer up new images leading up to the online reveal.