When I first heard of the Polestar 1, it sounded too good to be true. A plug-in hybrid performance car with more than 100 miles of electric-only range, and a drivetrain that makes more than 600 horsepower and 1,000 pounds-feet of torque, sounds more like a figment of the imagination than reality. But we assure you, it's very real: The car made its first appearance before the media last year and is now getting its first public viewing at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. This is the first vehicle to come from Polestar, formerly the performance division of Volvo but now a standalone brand.
Polestar has announced that it will be accepting preorders for the Polestar 1 from 18 countries along with a refundable deposit of around $2,500. The 18 countries include: China, the U.S., Sweden, Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, the U.K., Spain, France, Portugal, Poland, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and Canada.
For those interested in a preorder, Polestar will also be launching a configuration tool for the Polestar 1 so shoppers can see what they're plunking down for. You won’t have access to the tool until you sign up at the bottom of this page, then you’ll get an email with a link to the tool. It allows you to customize colors, wheels and interior surfaces.
Along with the Polestar 1's Geneva introduction, we got a better look at the car's interior. The car shown there had a futuristic panoramic glass roof and orange accents throughout that hint at the car's performance focus. The dashboard looks very familiar; it's similar to what we see in Volvo's current generation of cars (like the S90) with the vertically oriented touchscreen and a minimalist aesthetic that I'm a big fan of.
Still no word on pricing; all we really know so far is that the Polestar 1 will go into production in mid-2019 at a new plant in Chengdu, China. Keep an eye out for more details as we move closer to that date.
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