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Volvo plans to build just 500 Polestar 1 cars per year in a new plant in Chengdu, China beginning mid-2019, and to have the brand operate independently from its parent.

Animated by a mechanical four-cylinder engine borrowed from Volvo, the Polestar 1 also uses two electric motors, which, by themselves, to develop 218 horsepower and allow a range of 150 kilometers. Volvo says the vehicle should have a 90-mile range on electric power alone, but didn't give zero to 60 times or top speed.

In its "Pure" mode - running in rear-wheel drive and powered exclusively by the 218hp from a pair of torque vectoring electric motors - the 1 boasts a range of just over 90 miles, triple what a Panamera 4 E-Hybrid can achieve and the longest electric range of any hybrid vehicle.

Polestar, Swedish carmaker Volvo's newly set up electric performance brand had its first vehicle, the Polestar 1 on Tuesday at an event in Shanghai. The middle section of the taillights is also more pronounced on the Polestar 1, while the bumper and diffuser look a bit more practical, if you will.

You won't have to pay a deposit for a auto, and included in your monthly fee will be delivery and service costs, as well as the ability to rent other Volve or Polestar cars.

It will be followed soon by an all-electric auto aptly named the Polestar 2.

The order books for the new Polestar 1 open on October, 17, 2017, where the company will take expressions of interest from prospective customers immediately.

Polestar did not reveal the size of the battery pack but indicated the 2+2 coupe will deliver 600 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque, about 50% more hp than the Volvo brand's sportiest T8 powertrain used in models like the XC90 and S90.




The performance aspect of the Polestar 1, however, is not limited to the engine, as it features a new Öhlins Continuously Controlled Electronic Suspension that allows the driver to change suspension settings from inside the vehicle for better ride or handling, depending on conditions.

Volvo has said that, beginning in 2019, all of its own new and redesigned models will be electric or hybrid. Polestar says it will be a mid-sized BEV, and will compete with models like the Tesla Model 3.

"Polestar 1 is the first auto to carry the Polestar on the bonnet". Unlike its Volvo siblings, however, the Polestar 1 uses carbon fiber for "a majority" of its body panels.

Polestar 1, then. Could it be the vehicle to convince you to go hybrid? Polestar also disclosed plans of introducing an SUV as a third product, and it will be called the 3.

The Polestar 1 is scheduled to debut tomorrow in Shanghai.

The Polestar 1 will be produced in "lower volume", but the subsequent models will be "mass produced" and all will be sold online via a subscription model involving monthly payments.

The all-electric lineup will start production in 2019.

"Our vision is that the Polestar subscription model and services that we will offer will define the Polestar brand as much as our cars will".

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