Polestar Precept: electric four-door GT revealed

Published: 25 February 2020

► A four-door grand tourer
► The first true Polestar
► Performance and sustainbility are key

You’re looking at the Polestar Precept, a new concept that sets out the key values of the Volvo-offshoot – and is probably going to be the Polestar 4. Featuring all-electric power and a sporty looking exterior, it’s arguably the first fully on brand Polestar car we’ve seen; It’s not an awkward left-hand-drive-only hybrid like the 1, a slightly reimagined Volvo concept like the 2, or an 'aerodymamic SUV' like the 3 –  it’s an all-new, all-electric performance car.

‘Precept is a declaration, a vision of what Polestar stands for and what makes the brand relevant,’ said Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO. ‘The car is a response to the clear challenges our society and industry face.’

A statement of intent

With a 3100mm wheelbase, this a four-door grand tourer-shaped mission statement – and a proper look at Polestar’s eco-friendly and performance-orientated future. 

The styling is like Volvo on a coke binge: Gothenburg’s Thor’s hammer lights have been sharpened and separated and at the rear, a full-width cluster makes the Precept look sci-fi – but also like a distant cousin of Volvo’s more mature S90. 

New and future electric cars

Like most electric cars, the Polestar Precept doesn’t have grille, but unlike most electric cars Polestar has decided to call this area the SmartZone. Simply put, it’s just where the Precept houses its myriad of safety sensors, including two radar sensors and a HD camera. And because this is a Polestar, all the tech is covered by laboratory-like white glass and text. 

Looks slippery?

A focus on efficiency and performance mean the Precept also has lots of aerodynamic-led features, too. Wing mounted cameras replace mirrors for drag, range and safety reasons, while a ‘front-wing’ on the bonnet is also designed to improve the car’s progress through the air. 

What’s that at the top?

No, Polestar hasn’t revealed its first cab – though sharing is one of the key pillars of the new brand. That pod on the roof is actually a LIDAR module that peers down at the road for when autonomous driving is activity. Of course, this has autonomous tech.  

Google Inside

Polestar was one of the first car brands to use Google’s HMI software (Human Machine Interface) and this Precept doubles down on it. Essentially Android Auto allowed to take over the entire car, and quite close to self-awareness, Google HMI lives on a 15-inch screen and 12.5-inch driver display. Eye tracking and proximity sensors should mean the panels react intelligently depending on what you’re doing. 

There’s a blade between both screens for styling reasons, and Polestar seems to have inherited the Volvo family crystal, too: a Polestar emblem is holographically displayed in the stuff between the rear seat headrests.  

Eco-friendly fun

Of course, the other part of the Polestar mission is a focus on sustainability. With that in mind, seat surfaces are made from PET bottles, headrests and other bits are made from recycled cork and carpets are made from reclaimed fishing nets. Some of the recycling has actually helped the performance of the car: the flax-based composites around the car have resulted in 50% less weight than conventional materials, and an 80% reduction in plastic waste. 

The Polestar Precept will be at the Geneva motor show, and we’ll update this article when we get a better, closer look at it. 

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By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast