The first all-electric Polestar -- and indeed, the first all-electric Volvo Cars product -- will be launched later this year. Yes, shortly after the plug-in hybrid coupe finally hits the road, we'll see the Polestar 2, previewed here by a not-so-revealing overhead view of the car's trunk.
Polestar says the 2 will use a "four-door 'liftback'" design, according to an email distributed Thursday. I've seen the final design for the XC40 crossover.-rivaling Polestar 2, and while I can't tell you exactly what it looks like, I'll point out that my choice to illustrate this story with photos of is a deliberate one. Polestar executives the 2 will ride on an electrified version of Volvo's Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform that underpins the
Polestar tells me the 2 "will be revealed in the coming weeks," and that the final specs will be announced soon. For now, the company estimates 300 miles of range and about 400 horsepower. It's unclear if that 300-ish mile rating will be under the European or US test cycles -- an important distinction, as the two vary greatly. (A Jaguar I-Pace, for example, is rated at 292 miles of range under the European NEDC regimen, but gets a US EPA rating of 234 miles.)
Tesla Model 3 price range," according to the automaker's email -- and will be available via a -like , though the company says it "will honor/take cash sales." The four-door EV will also see the first implementation of , with a new infotainment interface., the Polestar 2 will be priced around $50,000 -- "in the
, Polestar executives told me the company initially expects to move about 60,000 examples of the 2 annually. In 2018, Tesla moved a total of more than 145,000 Model 3s.
After the Polestar 2 launches, we'll see the electric Polestar 3, which will ride on Volvo's second-generation SPA 2 architecture, expected to underpin the next-generation XC90 in 2021. In the meantime, look for the Polestar brand to officially hit the road with the 1 in the coming months.