Only a few months ago, Volvo appear that its centralized achievement division, Polestar—heretofore accepted for imparting agent and anatomy tweaks to the S60, V60, and added Volvos—would activate architecture cars beneath its own name. Now, the aboriginal of those Polestar cars has been unveiled. Dubbed the Polestar 1, Polestar’s antecedent alms isn’t absolutely a apple-pie breach from Volvo. Instead, it’s finer a auto adaptation of the Volvo S90.
There’s a little added to it than that, of course. Although the 1 is congenital on the aforementioned SPA belvedere that underpins Volvo’s 90-series cars (S90, V90, and XC90), Polestar engineers snipped 7.9 inches from the rear overhang and 12.6 inches from the wheelbase to actualize the two-door. At 177.2 inches overall, the Polestar 1 is about six inches beneath than a BMW 4-series coupe.
The front-end architecture is acutely aerial from the S90—sans the Volvo brand on the grille—and the rear analogously echoes the sedan. The all-embracing appearance was previewed by 2013’s Volvo Concept Coupe. Unlike its Volvo siblings, however, the Polestar 1 uses carbon cilia for “a majority” of its anatomy panels. The claimed weight accumulation is some 500 pounds, and while a absolute barrier weight is not stated, Polestar said the Polestar 1 carries 52 percent of its accumulation over the rear axle.
Inside the two-plus-two-seat coupe, above elements taken from the 90-series Volvos accommodate the dashboard with its angular aggressive centermost touchscreen and bladelike air vents, the council wheel, the centermost console, and alike Volvo’s clear gearshift. Overall, though, Polestar says that 50 percent of the coupe’s genitalia are specific to the Polestar 1.
Polestar is declared to acreage a calendar of “high-performance electrified cars,” and while the Polestar 1 is not an EV, it’s a constituent amalgam with a almighty powertrain. The aggregation claims a absolute arrangement achievement of 600 application and 738 lb-ft of torque—as compared with 400 application and 472 lb-ft for the T8 versions of today’s Volvos (or 421 hp and 502 lb-ft with the Polestar achievement admission package).
As in those Volvos, the powertrain is based on a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter inline-four. The gasoline agent sends its achievement to the advanced wheels, while a brace of electric motors ability the rear axle. The anatomy appearance adaptive dampers by Öhlins and brakes with six-piston calipers from Akebono. It additionally appearance torque vectoring beyond the rear axle. In the 1’s Pure (EV) mode, it functions as a rear-drive car, and Polestar claims that it can biking up to 93 afar alone on array power—farther than any accepted accepted PHEV.
The plug-in-hybrid drivetrain is aloof a babyish step, however. Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath (also Volvo’s arch architecture officer) said that all approaching Polestar models will be absolutely electric. Those approaching cars are the Polestar 2, an admission advised to attempt with the Tesla Archetypal 3, and the Polestar 3, a beyond SUV. All three will be congenital at a new branch in China that is due to be completed in 2018. Assembly of the Polestar 1 is set to alpha in mid-2019, with the 2 advancing onstream afterwards the aforementioned year. The Polestar 3 should chase by 2021.
The Polestar models will not be sold—or, added accurately, leased—through Volvo dealers. Instead, the aggregation wants to chase the Tesla model, with retail acquaintance centers, while agent acclimation is done online. How Polestar will be able to avoid dealership laws—an affair that has been a afraid point for Tesla in some states—is unclear. The account charter amount is configured like a car-sharing subscription, with allowance and aliment included. Agent application will booty abode at Volvo dealerships, but Polestar barter won’t necessarily see a Volvo shop, back auto and declivity is included. So, too, is admission to added cars—including Volvos—such as back traveling. Polestars will use an app-based key, which will alleviate the car, enabling the auto and declivity service. The charter agreement are two or three years, afterwards which the Polestars will be busy afresh as certified pre-owned acclimated cars.
Pricing hasn’t been appear yet, with Polestar adage alone that the Polestar 1 will be the “halo” offering, at the top of the closing three-model lineup. Alone 500 will be accessible per year already assembly starts, but the aggregation is accessible to acquire deposits starting October 17.
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