It may not be a typical Old West gun duel, but the Polestar 2 has called out Tesla’s Model 3. The saloon-shaped hatchback takes inspiration from the pricier Polestar 1 and the Volvo S series, coming to market as a “premium five-door fastback.”
Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath announced that the “Polestar 2 is our first fully electric car and first volume model.” The Polestar 2 has two electric motors that are mounted on both axles, giving the car four-wheel drive. It has a 27-module and a 78kWh battery pack located in the floor, both of which help with chassis rigidity and reducing road noise by 3.7dB, claims Polestar.
Many have noted Polestar’s similarity to Volvos—which makes sense, as Polestar is a sub-brand of Volvo. “Volvo has a design history defined by comfort, safety, practicality and risk-free nature,” states Ingenlath. “Polestar is not bound by [this]. Polestars will be designed more around the individual, and be more progressive and performance-oriented.” Ingenlath also stated, “Electric cars give us exciting opportunities. The lack of an engine, more compact powertrains and smaller radiators can mean sleeker front styling and roomier cabins. Underbodies will also be cleaner. This improves the aerodynamics, crucial for driving range.”
While the Tesla 3 might be quicker on the draw—production doesn’t start on the 2 until 2020—the 2 will have 402 bhp and 487 lb-ft with a 311-mile range when it steps out onto the street.