Super Swede: 2019 Volvo Polestar 1 shows its face

Posted on Oct 17, 2017 by

reveals new 600-horsepower 1 sports car set for production in , before a Tesla 3 rival and a fully- SUV also join the line-up

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Volvo’s performance arm Polestar has recently been making waves with the announcement of the sub-brand going electric, and the (Chinese-owned) Swedes are living up to the promise by revealing the new Polestar 1 hybrid production car.

Set to roll off the factory line in 2019, the Polestar 1 will be one of three all-new models confirmed, and it’s quite a way to make an entrance — the Polestar 1 develops 600 horsepower and 1,000Nm of torque, with a zero-emissions range of 150km on purely electric power alone, or an extended range thanks to the internal combustion engine on board.

The hybrid is a two-door, 2+2 seater based on Volvo’s current vehicle architecture that underpins its latest models, but with approximately 50 percent new components and bespoke utilisation for the Polestar 1. To ensure the car can handle the most power in any Volvo car ever (ok, so it’s not officially called a Volvo) engineers went with the world’s first Continuously Controlled Electronic Suspension supplied by Öhlins.

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Additionally, the Polestar 1 features a carbon fibre body to reduce weight and improve torsional stiffness by 45 percent, as well as lower the centre of gravity. Other tricks include torque vectoring thanks to a double-electric rear axle.

Despite all that grunt and performance, the key highlights of the car is the fact you won’t be able to buy it by traditional methods — to be manufactured in China in a new purpose-built Polestar facility in Chengdu, the coupe will only be available to purchase online through a subscription service offered on a two or three-year basis, with zero-deposit down.

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Customers who subscribe to the Polestar 1 will also have the option of using other vehicles across Volvo’s range, all incorporated into one monthly payment, which makes this deal very similar to what the Germans are trying out with the recently announced Porsche Passport subscription service.

The other Polestar cars set to start arriving from 2019 are all fully-electric models including a mid-sizer going head-to-head with the Tesla 3, and later a larger Polestar 3 SUV.

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