Polestar will preview its future design direction and new advanced tech at Geneva next week.
After dropping some mysterious teasers last week, Polestar has lifted the wraps off a new concept car that previews a fully electric four-door grand tourer that will likely be a successor to the Polestar 2. Dubbed the Polestar Precept, the sleek concept previews the Swedish automaker's future design language, more sustainable interior materials, and the evolution of Polestar's advanced Android-powered infotainment system. According to Polestar, the name "Precept" was chosen to "emphasize the vehicle's role in setting out Polestar's intent as the contemporary electric performance brand".
"Precept is a declaration, a vision of what Polestar stands for and what makes the brand relevant," said Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar. "The car is a response to the clear challenges our society and industry face. This is not a dream of a distant future, Polestar Precept previews future vehicles and shows how we will apply innovation to minimize our environmental impact.
The Polestar Precept adopts an aerodynamically efficient four-door body style, while a 122-inch wheelbase gives the gorgeous grand tourer a low and sleek silhouette while providing plenty of rear leg and headroom.
Replacing the grille is what Polestar calls a "SmartZone" that incorporates technology for safety sensors and driver assists. Located behind a transparent panel are two radar sensors and a high definition camera, while a LIDAR pod is mounted on top of the glass roof. Elsewhere, Polestar's Thor's Hammer LED headlights now have separated elements. Positioned above the SmartZone is an integrated front wing that directs air flow over the long hood. This allows air to attach itself to the surface earlier, resulting in improved aerodynamic efficiency and range. At the back, a rear light bar spans the entire width of the car and extends into vertical aero-wings.
Replacing the conventional side mirrors are cameras that extend outwards and the traditional rear-view mirror is replaced with a digital screen, which displays footage from a wide-angle camera mounted at the rear of the car. There's no rear window either, allowing the Precept's glass roof to extend behind the rear seats. The tailgate is also designed with a larger opening and higher-mounted hinges for easier access.
Inside the spacious cabin, the Precept features a blend of sustainable materials and advanced tech. Interior panels and seatbacks use a material called Amplitex produced by Bcomp that are up to 50 percent lighter than conventional materials and also reduces plastic waste by up to 80 percent. Instead of using traditional leather, wood and chrome materials, the seat surfaces are 3D-knitted from recycled PET bottles, bolsters and headrests are made from recycled cork vinyl, and carpets are made from reclaimed fishing nets.
The Polestar 2 is the first car to feature an advanced Android-powered infotainment system, and the Precept shows how this system will evolve. A large portrait-oriented 15-inch center touchscreen complements a 12.5-inch driver display, which are linked by an illuminated blade that encompasses the entire interior, while the instrument panel features an array of smart sensors. Eye-tracking technology will allow the car to monitor the driver's gaze and adjust the content shown on the screens accordingly. Proximity sensors also make the center display easier to use when driving.
Technical specifications are being kept under wraps for now. All we know is that the four-door grand-tourer concept is fully electric, but more details will be revealed next week when Polestar presents the Precept concept at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show so stay tuned.