New "Android HMI" infotainment system will debut in the Volvo Polestar 2


Besides confirming some tech specs, Polestar revealed preliminary performance specifications.

Though details surrounding the vehicle are limited for now, it is clear that the Polestar 2 will shun a hybrid powertrain in favour of an all-electric setup.

As is the case for the Polestar 1, the second model will be available for puchase in a traditional manner, but also in a monthly subscription-scheme covering rental, service and insurance. One other company influenced by Tesla is Volvo, with the company today releasing the first image of the Polestar 2, an all-electric sedan positioned to compete head to head with Tesla's Model 3. At the time, the company had got a new team on board to assist the brand in developing electrified high-performance cars. The Polestar 2 has a four-door fastback body coupled with a 300-mile range. As far as we can tell, this may be the first real competitor against the Model 3.

According to a statement, "The vehicle will go into production shortly after the long-range hybrid Polestar 1, which will enter production later this year".

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While this is still around 10 km less than the Tesla Model 3 Long Range, it's 130 km more than the standard Model 3.

Polestar's upcoming EV sedan will enter production close on the heels of the Polestar 1, which is a long-range hybrid set to enter production later on in 2019. The vehicle will start at around €40,000 (~$45,600), with a Care by Volvo-type subscription plan available.

The Polestar 2 will also see the world debut of the new Google Android HMI, which in turn is also the debut of the in-car version of Google Assistant.