Polestar has simply revealed its first-ever standalone mannequin in Shanghai, the Polestar 1 coupe, so it appears untimely to ask what’s subsequent for Volvo’s newly spun-off efficiency model. Fortuitously, that is not stopping firm officers from being surprisingly candid about laying out a calendar framework for the younger model. Polestar’s Manufacturing Centre (artist’s rendering above) is at present beneath development in Chengdu, China, and is slated to be completed by mid-2018. Meeting of the Polestar 1 is promised to come back on-line in mid-2019, however that is simply the tip of the iceberg.
Polestar 2, the primary full battery-electric automobile (BEV) from the Volvo Automobile Group, will even enter manufacturing in 2019. An official assertion from Polestar says the as-yet-unseen automobile will probably be a “mid-sized” mannequin “becoming a member of the competitors across the Tesla Mannequin three.” The latter suggests the automobile needs to be considerably extra reasonably priced than regardless of the base value finally ends up being for the 600-hp Polestar 1 halo automobile. Thus far, firm officers are declining to put out estimated vary figures for Polestar 2, not to mention every other efficiency metrics.
On one hand, 2019 appears a bit late to the social gathering on condition that Tesla’s Mannequin three is in manufacturing and Chevrolet already beat each automakers to market with its personal long-range Bolt EV. However contemplating the Bolt’s modest gross sales out of the gate — in addition to the trickle of recent automobiles popping out of Tesla’s manufacturing facility in Fremont, CA — Polestar’s timing will not be off in any respect. With Tesla CEO Elon Musk persevering with to confess that his firm is in “deep in manufacturing hell” and scuttlebutt suggesting that it could be so long as a 12 months earlier than true quantity manufacturing ramps up, it is potential that Polestar 2’s arrival may coincide with a crescendo in curiosity round mainstream EVs. In spite of everything, amongst different issues, a longer-range model of the Nissan Leaf needs to be in the marketplace then, in addition to contemporary opponents from rivals as numerous as Hyundai and Volkswagen.
Okay, you caught us. This is not the as-yet unrevealed Polestar 2, it is the corporate’s newest WTTC racecar beneath a sheet.
Thereafter, a bigger Polestar three SUV mannequin is scheduled to enter manufacturing, finishing the “preliminary section” of the model’s portfolio. Curiously, the Polestar 1 coupe would be the division’s first and final plug-in hybrid mannequin, as the corporate says “All future automobiles from Polestar may have a completely electrical powertrain.”
That mentioned, in response to Dean Shaw, vice chairman of company communications, Volvo will proceed to supply Polestar-tuned efficiency fashions via its personal distribution channel. In different phrases, mannequin’s like right now’s Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar may have successors, however their branding will change a bit to additional separate the 2 divisions — future fashions will probably be be known as “Polestar engineered,” and so they may obtain revised badges. Volvo has not but confirmed if such fashions will probably be BEV or characteristic internal-combustion engines with some stage of hybridization.
After being uncared for for years, because of an infusion of cash from China’s Geely beginning in 2010, Sweden’s Volvo Automobile Group has undergone a exceptional product-led transformation that started with its second-generation XC90 SUV. The corporate could have an extended approach to go to achieve the identical quantity and consideration standing as rivals like Audi and BMW, however its plans for Volvo and Polestar are nothing if not bold.
The following few years are shaping as much as be very promising for followers of sizzling Swedes — even when they converse with a Chinese language accent.