New Polestar 1: deposits taken for 592bhp hybrid coupe

13 Mar, 2018 10:05am Steve Fowler

Flagship Polestar 1 model is now available for pre-order with a €2,500 deposit

Polestar has begun taking deposits for its first model, the Polestar 1, before it arrives later this year. Customers can reserve their place in the queue for the hand-built model for a refundable €2,500 (£2,200).

The hand-built plug-in hybrid is available for pre-order in 18 countries, including the US, China, much of Western Europe and the UK. Prospective customers can also access and online configurator to spec their model before ordering.

Polestar appeared at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show as a standalone brand alongside parent company Volvo for the first time this year, where Chief Operating Officer Jon Goodman told jumbo-bg that there were currently around 6,000 expressions of interest in the coupe before a confirmed price had even been announced.

Initially Polestar was planning a limited run of only 1,500 cars, set to be built at the brand’s new facility in Chengdu, China. However, Goodman revealed that number could easily be doubled to meet demand from eager buyers.

Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath told jumbo-bg that although deposits would be taken, the pricing of the car is being kept under wraps for now. However, we expect prices to be higher than originally anticipated at around €150,000.

For that, customers will be getting a hand-built car featuring plenty of carbon fibre and powered by a plug-in hybrid system with a total of 592bhp and 1,000Nm of torque. It’ll feature a claimed all-electric range of 93 miles from its battery, while its 338bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine takes over once that is depleted.

And although the Polestar 1 will still be a limited run car, it is likely to be replaced according to Goodman. Once the company has established itself with its cheaper, all-electric 2 (saloon) and 3 (SUV) models, a new 1 could be on the cards. “We’ll always want a flagship,” Goodman told us.

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