New Polestar 1 could be sold for up to £134000

New Polestar 1 could be sold for up to £134000

The Polestar 3 all-electric SUV will follow.

Not only did the Volvo Coupe look stunning, it showed that Volvo had truly moved on from staid design to a bright new future of cool Scandi appeal.

It will have a fully-electric range of over 90 miles before needing to call on internal combustion, and is based on Volvo's Scalable Platform Architcture but with the addition of all-new technology such as Öhlins Continuously Controlled Electronic Suspension, a weight-saving carbon fibre body, and double electric rear axle for torque vectoring.

The Polestar 1 will be produced in "lower volume", but the subsequent models will be "mass produced" and all will be sold online via a subscription model involving monthly payments.

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"In electric high-performance cars there are a lot of companies now in this start-up arena, so we will have company", he said in Shanghai. Polestar hasn't made a decision about how these will be distributed, but chances are 300 will be sold in China, where the vehicle is going to be produced at a new factory set to be inaugurated in Chengdu by mid-2018.

The Polestar 1 is a two-door, four-seater coupe with a hybrid power plant. While the Polestar 1 won't likely be the sleekest, most attractive GT on the highway at any given moment, we think Polestar has done a good job of working Volvo's most stylish, modern design cues into a smaller, sportier package, creating a handsome performance flagship.

Volvo has said that all its auto models launched after 2019 will be electric or hybrids, making it the first major traditional carmaker to set a date for phasing out vehicles powered exclusively by the internal combustion engine. Sadly, there are no plans to engineer a right-hand-drive version. It confirmed plans for its first three models, a new purpose-built production facility in China and a customer-focused route to market that, it says, will set an industry benchmark for performance vehicles. Further, Polestar cars will be built in China under a joint venture formed between Volvo Cars and two other companies within the parent company, Zhejiang Geely Holding.

Polestar 1 order books are open now, for those that want to reserve a Polestar future right away.

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