Volvo Previews Polestar 1 Plug-in Hybrid Sports Coupe
Volvo this week revealed plans for a separate Polestar performance electric vehicle (EV) nameplate. The Swedish automaker, owned by China’s Geely Group, plans to develop three models under the brand to be built in China. The first sleek and powerful Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid sports coupe will launch in mid-2019. In addition to electric performance, Polestar will also introduce a new online ordering and subscription process for a better customer experience, the automaker says.
Polestar 1 is a limited-edition, 2-door, 2+2 Grand Tourer Coupe with an electric performance hybrid powertrain that will generate a combined 600 horsepower and 738 lb.-ft. of torque with the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. Volvo says Polestar 1’s all-electric range from two electric motors will be 93+ miles. Although based on Volvo’s new Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA), 50% of Polestar 1 design is new and bespoke from Polestar engineers, Volvo says.
The halo car’s advanced chassis technology features Ohlins Continuously Controlled Electronic Suspension (CESi) and the car’s carbon-fiber body trims weight and improves agility with a stiffer ride and lower center of gravity, according to the automaker. In addition, Volvo says that a double-electric rear axle enables performance torque vectoring for precise acceleration on each wheel and enhanced road grip while cornering.
Volvo officials say that Polestar 1 can be ordered in advance. The new car will be produced at a ”state-of-the-art” Polestar Production Center in Chengdu, China, now under construction. In the future, Polestar performance models will have electric powertrains.
The Polestar 2, a midsize battery-electric vehicle (BEV), is slated to begin production late in 2019 and will be a higher-volume model set to compete with Tesla’s new Model 3 mainstream compact electric car. Plans are also set to produce a larger battery-electric SUV. Current models in the lineup include the S60 and V60 Polestar 367-horsepower performance cars.
Moving away from a traditional ownership model, Volvo officials say Polestar brand vehicles will be ordered online and feature a flat-rate monthly subscription without deposit. Pickup, delivery, and service visits will be added features included in a monthly subscription, as will the ability to rent other vehicles in the Polestar lineup.
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