Polestar's new electric sports auto is built to take on Tesla

Polestar's new electric sports auto is built to take on Tesla

As for the base model Tesla Model 3, that has only 260 miles of range but does cost a bit less than the Polestar 2's eventual base price of $45000, starting at $42,900. Those looking for a fun-to-drive electric auto can opt for the Performance Package which adds Ohlins dampers, Brembo brakes and 20-inch forged alloy wheels for better handling characteristics.

You'll stand out in the Polestar 2 showing off the cars bling which includes gold seat belts, brake callipers and valve caps. Polestar says the system makes for a "solid and adaptable" platform for apps and vehicle functions, as well as enabling the inclusion of Google services such as Google Maps and the Google Assistant. The auto comes with a minimum price tag of €39,900 and is marketed as a worthy rival of the Tesla Model 3. Polestar will also allow customers to avail the 2 fastback sedan via a monthly subscription scheme that includes the auto, insurance, roadside assistance and maintenance.

You'll be able to use your phone as a key too, aiding people who car-share and allowing owners to stay connected to their vehicle while they're away.

For the first 12 months since the launch, however, the Polestar 2 will only be available in its top-spec version called "Launch Edition" that costs €59,900. Billed by the company as a premium five-door fastback, it is Polestar's first fully electric vehicle meant for mass volume. The model can even "predetermine the driver's next move to create a seamless experience with a prepared cabin and quick start sequence". Our avant-garde design has evolved from Polestar 1 into an edgier, bolder statement.

"We have also designed a standard vegan interior with progressive textiles that will appeal to the forward-thinking audience who will subscribe to Polestar 2", he adds. It gets pixel LED headlamps, proximity lighting technology, frameless side mirrors, etc. The company labels the auto as the first to embed Google services including Google Maps, Google Assistant, and the Play Store, offering users the option to download additional apps and display them on a 12.3-inch digital driver display or an 11.15-inch center stack display.

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This new Polestar 2 is a very interesting auto.

Pre-orders are open at polestar.com.

Test drives will first be available at Polestar events, according to a company spokesperson. Production of Polestar 2 begins in early 2020 in China for global markets in both left- and right-hand drive.

The brand's official line is that the Polestar 2's initial launches will be limited to China, the United States, Canada and parts of Europe including the UK, with other markets "under consideration for future expansion".

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