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Polestar 1 Coupe: 592hp Hybrid to begin production in 2019

Polestar, the former performance sub-brand of Volvo, has revealed its first standalone model, the Polestar 1.

The new “Electric Performance Hybrid” will go into production in 2019 and will be built exclusively at a new facility in China. The car will be available to most markets worldwide, including the UK (in left-hand drive only). Australia is not confirmed. With prices expected to start at around £115,000 in Europe (A$210,000), it’s an expensive car.

The respected Steve Fowler from AutoExpress takes us for a look around

The Polestar 1 Coupe is the first product from Volvo’s performance brand. On paper it appears to be worth the wait. Aiming to be a grand touring car with a 2+2 seating arrangement the use of  an “Electric Performance Hybrid” powertrain that combines dual electric motors for the rear wheels with a 2.0L four-cylinder gas engine for the front seems like a good choice.

Pumping out 218hp and a range of nearly 160km/h (100 miles) in pure electric mode is impressive, but Power mode is where its at and boosts output to 600hp. The exterior is nordic sleek and contains the DNA of Volvo’s distinct design language which extends into the elegant, connected cabin. Production will begin in 2019 and will be limited to 500 cars a year. It will be followed by the all-electric Polestar 2, a mid-sized car, and the Polestar 3, a larger SUV.