Volvo’s standalone Polestar brand reveals its first car
Polestar, the now-detached performance arm of Swedish manufacturer, has revealed its first distinct model – imaginatively named the Polestar 1.
The 592bhp hybrid coupe will go on sale in mid-2019, with styling inspired by Volvo's Concept Coupe of 2013. The overall aesthetic is very much akin to a coupe version of the company's S90 saloon, with an upright grille at the front, flowing roofline and bold C-shaped taillights.
The grille is still unmistakably Volvo, but it's been stripped of the Swedish firm's badge. "Polestar will not have a front grille, it will have the grid," said company boss Thomas Ingenlath, referring to the Polestar 1's system of front-facing sensors.
Under the skin, the Polestar 1 features a high-tech hybrid powertrain. The company describes it as "an electric car supported by an internal combustion engine", suggesting it intends the car to operate in electric-only mode the majority of the time.
To that end, Polestar says the car has the longest full electric range of any hybrid on the market – being capable of around 93 miles in between charges. The dual electric motors operate on the back wheels, producing a combined 215bhp. The four-cylinder petrol engine sends around 377bhp to the front wheels, giving the car four-wheel drive and 592bhp in Power mode.
Future Polestars will be fully electric vehicles, but the decision was taken to make the 1 a hybrid to "bridge today's technology with the future."
The Polestar 1 is likely to be left-hand drive only, due to the small production volumes – just 500 a year will be produced. It's also set to be available through Volvo's latest 'subscription' service, which sees a phone-contract style monthly fee replace traditional financing.