2020 Polestar 2: specifications, pricing and release date

Polestar 2 costs £49,900 and is set to arrive in the UK this summer

  • UK deliveries of the Polestar 2 to start this summer
  • Capable of 310 miles of range under the WLTP cycle
  • Launch edition model priced from £49,900

Production of the all-electric Polestar 2 has started at the firm’s factory in Luqiao, China. The first UK cars are expected to arrive this summer, with the launch edition model starting at £49,900. The new electric fastback is the second Polestar model and will go head to head with the Tesla Model 3. An optional £5,000 performance pack will be available for the launch edition.

The Polestar 2 launch edition will be available for the first year of production and comes with plenty of kit as standard. This includes the Pilot package, which includes a whole host of active safety features, including Pilot Assist. Buyers will also get the Plus Package, which features a panoramic sunroof, heated wiper blades and LED pixel headlights that also come with high pressure washers.

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An optional performance pack can be purchased for an additional £5,000 and consists of uprated Ohlins dampers and more powerful four-piston Brembo front brakes. Other changes include a unique forged 20-inch alloy wheel design and gold valve caps, with matching gold seatbelts inside.

The Polestar 2 is a five-door fastback saloon based on Volvo’s new all-electric CMA underpinnings. Power comes from two electric motors, producing 408bhp resulting in 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds. The motors are powered by a 78kWh battery, which Polestar claims will offer up to 310 miles of driving range under the WLTP testing cycle.

Inside, the standard Polestar 2 gets a minimalist dashboard design, leather trimmed seats, a multifunction steering wheel and a digital dial cluster. An 11-inch infotainment screen sits in the centre of the dashboard and is powered by Android Automotive OS. This setup features voice control functionality and Google services, including Google Assistant, Google Maps, and the Google Play Store.

The exterior of the car has a proximity lighting feature that lights up the car’s panoramic roof with the Polestar logo as the driver approaches. LED highlights are also standard along with frameless wing mirrors, which are mounted on the upper part of the door panel rather than on the window frame. Polestar’s keyless ‘Phone-as-Key’ technology is standard replacing the physical key with a smartphone app. The car’s sensors can detect the driver’s phone from up to ten metres away, automatically adjusting seat and mirror positions to the driver’s pre-set preferences.

Additional features include directions to the car's closest charging point, which is accessed by the car's infotainment screen or the driver's smartphone. The digital dial cluster also displays the car's battery level when parked. UK buyers will have access to the Polestar's public charging network, which will be integrated into the ever-expanding network of charging points across the country.

While only one version of the car has been revealed, Polestar CEO Thomas confirmed that the Polestar 2 will be available with more than one battery size when it arrives in the UK later this year. With the most likely specifications being a more affordable short-range model alongside a range-topping with a longer-range.

The Polestar 2 is available to buy online now with a fully refundable deposit. Test drives will be arranged via ‘Polestar Spaces’ where Polestar specialists will also be on hand to help assist customers. Routine servicing and maintenance will be included for the first three years, including free collection and delivery of customer’s vehicles.

Do you want to know more about Polestar? Why not read our in-depth review of the Polestar 1 prototype.

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