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Polestar has confirmed blockbuster pricing for its first model in Australia, the 2 crossover, undercutting significant rivals from Nissan and Hyundai, while giving Australians a legitimate Tesla Model 3 competitor.
The crossover ‘fastback’ kicks off from just $59,900 (MSRP) for the base Standard Range, which packs a 69kWh battery pack good for up to 440km of range and drives the front wheels via a single 165kW/330Nm electric motor.
The range then works its way up to $64,900 for the mid-grade Long Range, which offers a 78kWh battery pack good for a range of up to 540km with a rear electric motor which produces an extra 10kW, for a total of 170kW/330Nm.
Finally, the top-spec Long Range dual motor comes in at $69,900 and pairs the 78kWh battery pack with an additional motor on the rear axle. It can travel up to 480km on a single charge but nearly doubles its power output to 300kW/660Nm.
For reference, the Model 3 Standard Range also starts from $59,900 MSRP, the nearest equivalent Nissan Leaf e+ small hatchback starts from $60,490, and Hyundai’s new Ioniq 5 mid-size SUV starts from $71,900.
The Polestar 2 can further be customised with the same three option packs available overseas. This includes the Pilot Pack ($5000) which includes adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, rear auto braking, higher-grade LED headlights, and a 360-degree surround parking suite of sensors and cameras.
There is also the option of the Plus Pack ($6000) which includes a panoramic sunroof, a premium 13-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, ‘WeaveTech’ vegan upholstery, blacked-out bodywork, power front and rear seats, memory function for the front seats, a heated steering wheel and even heated wiper nozzles.
It also includes a heat pump, which helps to more efficiently maintain the vehicle's temperature by using residual thermal energy from the drivetrain to reduce the energy requirements for the climate control.
The final option is the Performance Pack ($8000). It is only available on the top-spec Long Range dual motor variant and includes adjustable Ohlins dampers, a Brembo brake package, forged 20-inch alloy wheels and ‘Swedish gold’ interior trims.
Polestar notes the Standard Range and Long Range models are eligible for the $3000 EV rebate in NSW and Victoria, alongside “significant stamp duty savings.”
The newcomer brand also announced its ownership program for its vehicles which includes five years and unlimited kilometres of warranty and roadside assistance, as well as a five-year service schedule.
As a fully electric model, the Polestar 2 will only need to be serviced once every 24 months or 30,000km, and the brand aims to allow owners to be able to utilise Volvo’s full service network. Like Tesla’s Model 3 and Hyundai’s Ioniq 5, all software updates are able to be issued over-the-air and will not require a workshop visit.
Polestar will not have a traditional dealership model, as previously reported, and will use an all-online sales model supported by yet-to-be-announced ‘Polestar Spaces’ and ‘Destinations’ located in retail environments.
The Polestar 2 will be available to purchase online in January 2022, and the brand’s local representatives are confident they will have supply to meet demand despite various global supply shortages. The Polestar 2 is built in one of three facilities planned to produce its vehicles in China using the support of both Volvo and Geely.
|Standard Range 64kWh||$59,900||--|
|Long Range 78kWh||$64,900||$69,900|