Polestar, the electric car division of Volvo, debuted its Tesla Model 3 fighter a few months ago in Geneva. But this week we got our first close-up look at the 2021 Polestar 2, including some “world’s first” technology.
The all-new Polestar 2’s sedan/hatchback (sedatchback?) body style looks good, and the 275-mile range offered by its 78-kWh battery pack makes the Polestar a viable alternative to Tesla’s volume player.
How Much Does The Polestar 2 Cost?
A starting price between $45,000 and $55,000 (after tax credits) also puts the Polestar 2 right in Tesla’s face. Dual 150 kW electric motors, one for each axle, give the Polestar 2 all-wheel drive and enough grip to take full advantage of the motors’ combined 408 horsepower and 448 pound-feet of torque. Go for the Performance Pack option and the Polestar 2 gets 20-inch forged wheels, performance-tuned dampers, Brembo brakes (with gold calipers) and gold seatbelts.
All of these features closely follow Tesla’s recipe, so is there anything to truly distinguish the Polestar 2 from the Model 3? As the first car to feature an Android-powered infotainment system we’d have to say, “yes!” Putting the power of Google maps, Google assistant and the vast Google Play Store at the Polestar 2 driver’s fingertips gives this EV some unique capabilities. A vibrant 11-inch central touchscreen offers easy access to popular apps like Spotify, Waze and What’s App, while Google’s assistant makes it easy to enter navigation requests like, “Find me an EV charger” or “Where’s the closest Starbucks?”
Is The Polestar 2 Better Than The Model 3
Another Polestar 2 advantage over the Model 3 is a second, 12.3-inch high-quality digital display directly in front of the driver. Located in the traditional gauge cluster location, this display synchronizes with the Android Infotainment System to offer vital information like real-time map data, battery charge state and range. Think Audi Virtual Cockpit and you’ll get the idea on how effective this sort of digital display is.
The Polestar 2 is technically already on sale. Potential buyers can reserve one online today with a $1,000 deposit (sound familiar?). Polestar representatives won’t commit to a delivery date, but with a 2021 model year designation we’d expect Polestar 2s to begin landing in driveways in the next 12 -15 months.
Finance options will range from a subscription model, leasing or the traditional purchase process. Premium features include a standard panoramic sunroof and full mobile phone operation (instead of a traditional key). Owners will benefit from over-the-air system updates and pick-up/drop-off service (no need to drive to the dealer). Polestar will initially have a limited number of dedicated retail outlets supplemented by certified Volvo dealers to perform service and maintenance.
Will the 2021 Polestar 2 find as many (or more) fans as the Tesla Model 3? We’ll know in 1-2 years.