Volvo has unveiled the Polestar 2, a fully electric crossover vehicle designed to compete with the Tesla Model 3. The affordable car look is not the only topic of discussion; It's also the first vehicle featuring Google's built-in Android infotainment system, deeply integrated.
In terms of exterior design, the Polestar 2 is certainly a little embarrassing. The rear looks like very big coupes like the BMW X4 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC coupe, but it looks like a larger sedan that rolls to the side with oversized wheels. It reminds me of Volvo's outgoing S60 Cross Country, but without its rugged aesthetics.
The car is powered by a battery of 78 kWh, Volvo claiming a reasonable range of 275 km. Both electric motors have a power of about 300 kW (~ 408 horsepower) on all four wheels, which should be advantageous for sprints of less than 5 seconds at 0-60 mph. Not surprisingly, these numbers are roughly at par with model 3.
What really interests us is the interior. This is the first car equipped with Google's Android HMI system, which includes features such as Assistant and Google Maps. The 11-inch screen has the floating appearance that any manufacturer seems to have lately, resembling an iPad Pro that has been stuck to the dashboard Apart from the size and some pictures, we still do not know much about the system .
The Polestar 2 will start at 39,900 euros (about 45,400 USD), although a launch edition will take place in the first year of production from 59,900 euros (about 68,200 USD). Preorders are open today and deliveries will begin in 2020. We look forward to reviewing one more closely.