See Polestar 2 Electric Car Live In Geneva: Video

MAR 5 2019 BY DOMENICK YONEY 23

We get up close to this Scandinavian response to the Tesla Model 3.

The Polestar 2 has just made its Geneva Motor Show debut. Last week, we got lots of details about the mid-size fastback from Volvo’s electric sub-brand, but there’s no substitute for having people crawling over a vehicle to help us judge its proportions and scale. In the video above, we get some of that as we watch the car get mobbed by auto journos on its big press day. If that’s not enough, don’t worry, we have more below.

As the video quickly reminds us, the Polestar 2 features two electric motors serving up an all-wheel-drive system with over 400 horsepower (408 hp, to be exact), and 487 pound-feet of torque. This helps it scoot from 0-to-60 mph in 5 seconds, though as we’ve said, the team is targeting a quicker 4.7 second time for production.

Motor 1’s Clint Simone also points out the car’s Android-based infotainment operating system allows for native adoption of apps like Google Assistant and Google Maps. As we can see, the screen appears to function with pretty decent speed, though this is something we are keen to test when the 2 reaches stores.

Technical aspects aside, the video allows us to get a better idea of the car’s proportions. Despite being around 3 inches shorter and 5 inches narrower than the Tesla Model 3, the Scandinavian design uses its high shoulders and hood height to convey a certain substantialness.

For another perspective, we’ve embedded another similarly short video below of a gray example also on display. We get a bit better look at the details of the front end in this clip and a look at the dash from a back-seat perspective. The commentator talks a bit about the interior finish of the car and seems to like it, though mentions she is still on the fence regarding whether it lives up to its considerable price tag. In the U.S., the Polestar 2 Launch Edition will retail for $63,000.

 

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Made in China.

This car and Volvo is less “Scandinavian” than Ford is British.

designed and constructed in Gothenburg , Sweden

Most Americans aren’t hung up on the ethnicity of who makes their products. Chinese ownership maybe is an issue in Europe???

You know what else is going to be made in China soon? Tesla Model 3 and Model Y.

Not for North America, thankfully.

So you think Tesla can’t produce the car to the same engineering and quality levels, just because it’s not being made in California?

Lots of companies contract with Chinese companies to produce high quality parts and products.

Elon explicitly said that the Chinese factory was for the Asian market and that US Teslas would continue to be built in the USA.

That said, I wouldn’t be surprised if they start building various parts for the US built car in China. For example, perhaps a Chinese gigafactory for batteries. Or electric motor production.

That is a very high price for a 2020 compact car.

Model 3 Performance is also very high priced, yet it’s much quicker and with more range than the Polestar.

You gotta compare to the least expensive Tesla Model 3 with AWD though. As AWD is standard with the Polestar 2.

Yep. $47,000 for the AWD Model 3, with the premium interior, part of the package.

ffbj, $47,000…is that for the LR model3 …cheers !

Polebarn … 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙁 lol …

I was surprised to see that it is 5 inches narrower than the M3. I was under the impression they sere similar in size.

3yrs too late ; $15,000 too expensive and 50 miles less efficient!
And you thought of it as a Tesla Killer??? Nah no!
Good try though for their first try!

@Market Merchandise said: “[Polestar 2] 3yrs too late ; $15,000 too expensive and 50 miles less efficient! [than Tesla Model 3]…”
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Perhaps some truth to that but has any other car maker revealed a production intent EV that will better compete against Telsa Model 3?

I really like the Polestar 2. It doesn’t look like they’re going to produce enough of them to meet worldwide demand so it’ll wind up supply-constrained like the Niro and Kona.

Honestly, I’d rather have the Polestar 2 than the Model 3, but I’m not willing to wait until 2021 for enough units to be produced and for other charging networks to catch up to where Tesla is today. Also not interested in subscribing to a car. Hopefully Polestar 2 forces Tesla to up their interior quality though.

@BigDragon said: “…Hopefully Polestar 2 forces Tesla to up their interior quality though.”
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The interior of my Tesla Model 3 is the thing I like most about the car… minimalistic zen like and quality is good. Also tight responsive sporty drive.

It’s worth taking one out for a test drive if you have not yet done so.

From the photos it seems the Polestar 2 (perhaps coincidentally) has several interior design elements similar to Model 3 but less minimalist in execution.

I was thinking this was going to be more sports car, and less crossover.

It’s Time This reporter woke up ! Because this Chinese Volvo is destined to fail .

What was not said is that for the USA, it is California only. 😢

My biggest criticism is the exterior color palette is really bland.

$45k with 72kwh AWD Could be a serious competitor if the supercharger network of Tesla didn’t exist.