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Volvo's new 600bhp Polestar 1 hybrid has Tesla in its sights

Volvo's new 600bhp Polestar 1 hybrid has Tesla in its sights

Volvo plans to build just 500 Polestar 1 cars per year in a new plant in Chengdu, China beginning mid-2019, and to have the brand operate independently from its parent. Volvo says the auto should have a 90-mile range on electric power alone, but didn't give zero to 60 times or top speed. The electric auto would be ably supported by an internal combustion engine with maximum power output of 600bhp and peak torque performance of 1000Nm, which would firmly place it in the performance vehicle segment.

Polestar may be become a separate entity from Volvo, a simple glance at the new Polestar 1 to understand that the apple has not fallen too far from the tree.

In a move away from the traditional ownership model, Polestar cars will be ordered online and offered on a two- or three-year subscription.

You won't have to pay a deposit for a vehicle, and included in your monthly fee will be delivery and service costs, as well as the ability to rent other Volve or Polestar cars.

But despite the promise of terrific performance, Polestar say the "1" will also have an EV only range of getting on for 100 miles - which will be very useful, even if it's more like 70 miles in the real world. The monthly cost will include the cost of the car's pick up, delivery and servicing, as well as options to rent alternative vehicles under the Polestar and Volvo brands.

Order books for the Polestar open today, with future customers also able to express their interest from today.

Production of the Polestar 1 will take place at a new Chinese production facility in 2018-Chinese automaker Geely owns Volvo Group and its associated brands. The Swedes have installed the new Öhlins Continuously Controlled Electronic Suspension (CESi), a first for any production auto. Each of these will be boosted by a range of petrol and diesel plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid 48-volt options, Volvo said in its initial announcement. The company expects consequently higher volumes for it than the Polestar 1. And you won't technically own the vehicle or buy it from a traditional dealer.

This means, despite its declaration it was making a break from Volvo, Polestar's first vehicle will draw heavy styling influences from both the S90 and V90. At the back you'll find what Polestar calls a "double electric rear axle" with a torque vectoring function.

Given the specificity of mentioning the Model 3 in the release, it is a safe bet Polestar 2 will feature a 50 or 70-kWh battery pack to adequately compete with the Tesla.

Back to Polestar 1, the "halo" vehicle of the group. It will form a halo for the future Polestar brand with market launch scheduled in 2019. Instead, you will subscribe to an all-inclusive driving experience for two or three years.


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