Volvo’s future, by any name

Let’s see if we got all this right. Volvo, the car, was split off from the Swedish icon’s truck and bus lines back when it was acquired by Ford. It’s since been sold for cash to Geely of China. Since then, Volvo has made several memorable performance models under the tuner trademark Polestar, a la Alpina or AMG in Germany. Only now, it’s become a full-fledged make of car, while the former Polestar performance function, including Volvo’s works competition effort, is now called Cyan Racing, which is offering a limited number of reimagined, really trick Volvo P1800s. We think this is all correct, even if it’s hard to keep straight. What’s perhaps more important is that Polestar is about to enter the U.S. market as a freestanding brand, offering electric vehicles, having recently rolled out its first offering.

The Polestar 2, as it’s called, was the subject of a media ride-and-drive in four U.S. cities. Its lines declare that it’s a kind-of-crossover. Right now, it’s only going to be offered in one trim level, the one that debuted in the launch. It’s all-wheel drive, with twin motors producing the equivalent of 408 horsepower, and a fast-charging capability of up to 150 kW. In keeping with Volvo’s long history of safety engineering, the Polestar 2 offers the industry’s first use of inner-side airbags. The car will also feature as standard equipment a fully integrated Android Auto suite, and will replace virtually all the small controls on the dash with a single floating 11.15-inch touchscreen. Although Polestar is proud of the standard vegan interior, one of the few options is leather upholstery at $4,000. Base price, sans the $5,000 Performance Pack that combines Brembo brakes and Ohlins shock absorbers, is $59,900.

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