The auto industry comes to a halt in Covid-19. Or it converts to lend a hand in the production of fans and respirators. From Italy to the United States, from FCA to Tesla, the plants close their lines waiting for the virus to mitigate its pincer. Not everywhere, though. With a probable time advantage – being the first country to overcome the fateful “peak” – China gradually resumes production. And Polestar, Volvo’s “premium” and “green” brand, now owned by the Chinese giant Geeley, has announced the start of production of its second model, challenging the sector’s announced crisis.

After Polestar 1, plug-in hybrid sedan, from the Luqiao plant, south of Shanghai, the first units of Polestar 2 are already coming out, 100% electric version, which will be put on sale already in July in some European countries (not in Italy, in the first phase of launch ), and later also in the United States and China.

Direct rival of Tesla Model 3, Polestar 2 has two electric motors that deliver a total of 408 HP and 660 Nm and are combined with 78 kWh batteries for 470 km of declared autonomy in the Wltp cycle (compared to the initially announced 500 km).

“Despite numerous setbacks, unforeseen circumstances and the sheer logistical challenge of starting the production of our first fully electric vehicle, we really started – the Sino-Swedish company announces, with a press release -. This is significant for some reasons. First of all, Polestar 2 is no longer a fleet of prototypes in various stages of completion. It is a completely built car, ready to be delivered to customers. The countdown for these deliveries has officially started. The first steps are scheduled for the summer of 2020. And last but certainly not least, we are much closer to our goal of obtaining as many drivers as possible behind the wheel of a Polestar 2 “.

The range of standard driver assistance services is excellent. First of all, the Pilot Package which includes: pilot assist, adaptive cruise control, blind spot information with steer assist, cross traffic alert, rear collision warning and mitigation, collision avoidance with automatic braking and steering, forward collision warning, lane keeping aid, road sign information with speed limiter, driver alert control, post impact braking, parking sensors with 360 degree cameras and the Homelink system. The Plus Package adds a panoramic roof, digital headlights, LED fog lights with cornering function, heated seats and steering wheel, Harman Kardon stereo system and wireless charging for smartphones.

The Performance version it boasts forged 20 ″ rims, Brembo braking system with four-piston calipers and Ohlins adjustable shock absorbers, seat belts and valve covers for gold rims.

Prices vary from country to country: it starts from 47 thousand euros in Norway to about 60 thousand in Belgium and Holland. Assistance and maintenance for three years included. For the Pack Performance it is necessary to add between 5,000 and 6,000 euros. Polestar 2 is already bookable online with a deposit of only 1,000 euros.

March 26, 2020 (change March 26, 2020 | 3:34 pm)

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