Super Swede: 2019 Volvo Polestar 1 shows its face

Polestar One teaser reveals its Volvo Concept Coupe inspiration

Polestar One teaser reveals its Volvo Concept Coupe inspiration

No, our math skills aren't failing us, it's actually six years because Polestar expects to start producing the 1 "mid 2019".

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 vehicle.

Originally formed as a race auto team, Polestar began producing high-performance versions of Volvo products like C30 and S60 a decade ago.

Volvo, owned by China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., bought Polestar in 2015 but Volvo and Polestar have worked together in motor sport for more than 20 years.

Additionally, Polestar owners may rent other future Polestar and Volvo vehicles through the subscription model as well.

As expected the Polestar 1 will be an electric coupe and even though Polestar has broken off from the Volvo brand, the Polestar One still has lots of inspiration from Volvo's current design language.

The production of the Polestar 1 will begin in mid-2018 at its facility in Chengdu, China that is now under construction.

Volvo has announced that it is to invest £570m to establish its new Polestar green performance brand, which has just launched its first auto, the Polestar 1.

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The sleek coupe adopts a classic GT shape, with a long nose, a sweeping roofline and short overhangs. The steering wheel hub wears a distinctive Polestar logo, carbon fiber replaces the wood paneling, and the instrumentation reflects the car's new drivetrain, but otherwise this cabin is straight outta Trollhättan. However, that is likely to be reduced by a third using the U.S. EPA test cycle.

The Polestar 1 is set to roll off the production line in mid-2019 with a very potent hybrid powertrain and become the halo model for the newly-born brand.

The Polestar 1 is a 600 horsepower two-door grand tourer coupé.

According to Polestar's chief operating officer, Jonathan Goodman, the vehicle will likely cost around 130,000 Euro but it will be sold nearly primarily on a subscription model, which sees users pay a monthly fee that is totally inclusive of their costs including insurance, servicing and all other aspects of the ownership experience. At the back you'll find what Polestar calls a "double electric rear axle" with a torque vectoring function. A further two more models are planned that will run on fully electric power. It is Polestar's first standalone hybrid "super" coupe after its departure from Volvo.

The car's all-electric range is an industry-best (-for-hybrids) 150 km (90 miles) and the technology built into the auto incredibly impressive; standard are carbon-fibre body panels, rear-wheel torque vectoring, and Öhlins' all-new Continuously Controlled Electronic Suspension system. The auto also uses a double electric rear axle, enabling torque vectoring. The country recently announced rules that would require BEVs and PHEVs to account for at least 20% of total sales by 2025.

Polestar says its upcoming model is destined to have a 0-60mph time (0-96km/h) of under four seconds, which is well and truly slower than the higher end Tesla Model S vehicles. California may follow that move and 11 other US states would likely adopt such a zero-emissions mandate.

Speaking of cost, what will a Polestar 1 run in terms of price? It will offer "subscriptions", and emphasize online buying, rather than use traditional dealers, at least where legally possible.

Volvo will also fold in other technology and services it's been experimenting with in the past two years.

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