Polestar's Slick New Sedan Caught Hiding In Plain Sight

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That gorgeous Precept concept is coming to life.

Almost exactly one year ago, Polestar confirmed plans to launch a production-spec version of its stunning Precept sedan concept. Its targets will undoubtedly be the likes of the Tesla Model S, Porsche Taycan, and Audi e-tron GT. The just-revealed Mercedes EQE is also in the crosshairs.

Polestar is now saying it'll arrive sometime "before 2025" but it'll be after the Polestar 3 SUV debuts next year. Meanwhile, development continues and Polestar doesn't want us to forget that. In a recent press release highlighting the brand's R&D capabilities, a single photo was also revealed. Lo and behold, it shows a team of engineers surrounding a Precept prototype. It's definitely not the concept for a number of reasons.

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First and foremost, the suicide doors have been replaced by conventional rear doors, which is a shame but unsurprising. There are also flush handles and actual side mirrors instead of cameras. All in all, the concept's general shape firmly remains and that's a good thing. Going from concept to production typically always requires toning down the design. Polestar promises the production car "will take an important step on the journey towards climate neutrality."

We still don't know which specific battery will power the Precept but expect both single- and dual-motor variants. More than likely there'll be at least two battery pack choices.

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Polestar is quickly becoming a leader in the all-electric segment mainly because it's EV-only to begin with. Its corporate sister brand, Volvo, is aiming to go all-electric by 2030. There are currently 250 people working at Polestar's UK-based R&D center at the MIRA Technology Park and there are plans to double that figure to 500 in the coming few years.

The current plan is to build the Precept in China. It will utilize the same Scalable Product Architecture 2 platform that'll underpin the Polestar 3 and next-generation Volvo XC90, which will be all-electric only as well. The Polestar 3 will be built in the US and China.

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