Published: Sun, January 06, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Volvo Polestar 2, Tesla Model 3 range, self-driving Lexus

Volvo Polestar 2, Tesla Model 3 range, self-driving Lexus

New electric vehicle brand Polestar has given us a partial look at its second model, the Polestar 2, which will be fully revealed in the coming weeks. A roster of early information on the vehicle joins the teaser image, teasing 400HP and a 300-mile range, though all of the final specs haven't yet been revealed.

Tesla may have burst onto the scene as something of a niche player with the original Roadster many years ago, but the success of the Model S unequivocally demonstrated that an electric auto could become a mainstream success. Also, unlike the Polestar 1 which is available as a left-hand drive model only, the Polestar 2 will be available with the steering wheel on the right side.

Electric Polestar 2 will receive 500 km without recharging and 395 HP. The company said the auto will have around 395 hp (294 kW / 400 PS) and a range of approximately 300 miles (482 km). The model will enter production shortly after the Polestar 1.

In 2017, Polestar became a separate company within the Volvo group focusing on performance electric cars.

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Volve has announced that its upcoming Polestar 2 - an all-electric vehicle created to compete with the Tesla Model 3 - will have the "world debut" of a new "Android HMI" infotainment system. You can expect to see orders open up after the Polestar 1 launches; that auto starts production later in 2019. Mercedes-Benz recently launched its own system, MBUX, on the new A-Class, and BMW's take on the technology will be found in the new 3-Series.

As to that "fastback" design, there are several potential options, including something akin to the Audi A7.

We'll be surprised if we don't see and hear more even before the official Geneva Motor Show debut.

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