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Polestar 2 EV: Volvo offshoot reveals Model 3 rival

Published: 04 January 2019

► Polestar's Model 3 rival
► Around 300-mile range
► 400bhp EV sequel to 592bhp hybrid

Volvo’s electrified spin-off brand has already revealed a teaser image for its second car: the new Polestar 2. Get past the utilitarian name, and the Polestar 2 looks to be the electric car we were waiting for all along. Rather than a hybrid performance showcase like the Polestar 1, the Polestar 2 is gearing up to be a high-volume, 'reasonably-priced' EV – just like the Tesla Model 3.

What will it look like?

As you’d expect, there’s not much to go on from the image provided, especially with its top-down aerial view. However, unlike the Polestar 1 – which shares many of its styling cues with Volvo – the Polestar 2 looks to be a new design in its own right.

Yes, we can glean hints of Volvo or Polestar’s styling from the teaser, but it doesn’t match up to any production Volvo right now.

Instead, we think it’ll resemble Volvo’s 40.2 concept (above). Slightly higher up than a standard saloon, but not quite an SUV, it looks to have all the hallmarks of a profitable high-volume product. And comparing the teaser with pictures of the 40.2 concept throws up some striking similarities.

What’s more, the concept that preceded it, the 40.1, later became the XC40 – so Volvo has previous form here.

Inside, CAR understands the Polestar 2 will use the most up-to-date iteration of Google’s new in-car software.

Specs of the Polestar 2?

We’re still waiting for final figures, but we’ve been told to expect something around the 400bhp mark in terms of power, and a range of around 300 miles. Remember, this is a Model 3 rival, not a 592bhp two-door like the first Polestar 1.

Polestar says the second car will be around the same price as the Model 3, so expect the new car to retail just below £40,000.

The Polestar 2 is expected to launch in 2019, but we’ll update this article when we get more information in the EV.

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast