Between the ornate (the new Lagonda concept by Aston Martin) and the obscene (Bugatti's Voiture Noire, Volvo's spin-off brand, Polestar, is adorning the Geneva Motor Show 2019 with a car that deserves attention for its relevance as well as seen The Polestar 2 is a fully electric five-door fastback coupe that transmits much of the sporty style of the Polestar 1 turbo, however, dramatically reduces the price while adding the distinction of being the first car to present a native implementation of Google Android Auto What I saw of the two in Geneva this week left me with a very positive impression
Looking at the Polestar 2 from the outside, there is little evidence of the price delta that exists between it and the Polestar 1 that rivals the supercar, it costs 155,000, either in euros or dollars, while the launch model of Polestar 2 is € 59,900, followed by lower-level variants that fall so low. as € 40,000 (approximately $ 45,000, including taxes). But the look and attention to detail in the design are high class in both Polestar models. The Polestar 2 looks and feels like a luxury vehicle, and given its starting price, that is what is reasonably expected.
Inside, the car is equipped with vegan textiles, although a choice of Nappa leather with ventilation is also available. Beyond that, you can add a performance package, metallic paint and 20-inch wheels, and that's almost all the configuration setting that Polestar will allow. Much of the interesting thing about this car comes standard in the launch model, including the bevelled rearview mirrors, the panoramic sunroof, the contact-activated lights for people sitting back and, of course, the glories of Android native. Car.
An 11.1-inch touch screen in the center of the Polestar 2 board has Android Auto, which in turn handles most of the car's functional controls. There are only a few buttons and buttons to play. While it was still in the form of a prototype, the demo that I saw of Android Auto qualifies as promising. Integra Google Maps, Google Assistant and Google Play Store, although there are still not many applications that you can run. A representative of Polestar showed me how the system, whose interface is customized by Polestar, and the underlying functionality is done in collaboration between the automaker and Google, automatically reappears the recent places where the car has been the most likely destination and In addition, it calculates the amount of the charge will be left once the driver arrives at each location.
If the battery is expected to be more than 50 percent full, everything is fine and no indication is made, because it is assumed that will have enough energy. to go and return If, on the other hand, the estimate is that the battery charge will be reduced by half, you will get an indicator that will tell you how much you will have left on arrival. All this is built on Google Maps, which is implemented using the colors of Polestar instead of Google's familiar beige and green color scheme. I am a big fan of this collaboration, as it still leaves room for differentiation between different car manufacturers, based on providing a more intuitive UX or more accurate estimates of battery life.
The integration of Spotify with the Google Assistant works as well as I know it through the Google Home speaker. You just say "OK Google, play some Rolling Stones", and it goes away. No additional delay, no difficulty to recognize your speech. The Harman Kardon audio system is also quite sweet, and the tactile responsiveness on the vertically oriented screen seems fast. Although it is still an early preview of what the native Android Auto will look like in the cars of our near future, this experience leaves me excited to arrive as quickly as possible. It is time for automotive entertainment and entertainment systems to catch up in the rest of the technology industry, and Google has the scope and resources to make that change universal.
The Polestar 2 has a promised WLTP range of 500 kilometers / 310 miles, based on a 78kWh battery that covers the entire floor of the car. Polestar says that this is more than "a battery with a chassis on the top", since it is said that the rigidity of the 27-cell battery contributes to the torsional rigidity of the car and helps reduce noise inside the cabin in 3.7 dB. With 300kW (408hp) of power spread evenly between two engines, one in the front and one in the rear, the Polestar 2 can go from 0 to 60 mph in less than five seconds. Or that is the goal, anyway. Almost all current specifications for this car are accompanied by the warning that they are preliminary and objective values.
If there is a significant frustration over the Polestar 2, it is the timeline of this car to release. It compares favorably with Tesla's Model 3, whether in terms of design, performance, range, prices (Polestar has promised to detail a subscription ownership model as an alternative to a direct purchase), or the modernity of its information experience and entertainment. In addition, like Tesla, Polestar plans to continue improving its cars through regular firmware updates. However, there is still more than a year left for the Polestar 2, while Tesla recently started deliveries of the Model 3 in Europe.
You can save money and reserve your Polestar 2 right now, but it will not be until mid 2020 that deliveries of the launch edition will start, and then it will be 2021 before we see the most affordable variants for sale. It feels like a long time to wait for the future.
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