2020 Polestar 2 unveiled: 300kW, 500km range, $60K

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Polestar has unveiled their second model as a standalone brand, the 2.

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The Polestar 2 is a compact, all-electric, all-wheel-drive liftback that will go head to head with the Tesla Model 3 and upcoming BMW i4.

Driving the 2’s wheels are two electric motors, one on each axle. They’re driven by a 78kWh battery positioned in the floor, which allows for an estimated 500km of range on the WLTP test cycle. Together, the motors produce a healthy 300kW of power and 660Nm of torque – Polestar claims it can do the 0-100km/h sprint in under five seconds.

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Visually, the new EV draws heavy inspiration from Volvo’s 40.2 concept. Up front there are ‘Thor’s Hammer’ LED headlights, which flank a narrow grille and slim air intakes. Around the rear, there’s a full-width taillight with C-chaped edges, along with a central Polestar badge and smooth body lines.

As standard the Polestar 2 have a ‘cross country’ look, with black cladding, a raised ride height and black lower bumpers. However, the Swedish brand will offer a ‘Performance Pack’, that adds lowered Ohlins dampers, gold-painted Brembo brakes, 20-inch forged alloy wheels, gold seatbelts and gold value caps.

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Inside, the 2 looks very different from other Volvo and Polester models. In the centre of the dash is a floating 11.0-inch portrait touchscreen, which runs Google’s Android OS and features inbuilt Google Maps, the Google Assistant voice assistant, and allows drivers to download apps and music from the Google Play Store.

The Polestar 2 will make its public debut at the Geneva motor show next week, ahead of a European launch in early 2020.

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