Volvo’s standalone brand will reveal its first model, the Polestar 1, tomorrow. Snippets shown suggest a striking similarity to 2013’s Volvo Concept Coupé
Polestar, Volvo’s now-standalone performance brand, has shown most of the rear end of its inaugural Polestar 1 model, ahead of its official reveal tomorrow.
Predictably, little is given away by the pictures individually, but styling cues from Volvo are evident in the tail-lights. When put together, the preview image shows a car almost identical in appearance to the Volvo Concept Coupé, which was revealed at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show.
The preview video shows close-ups of the some of the model’s bodywork with a series of slogans promising, among other things, «no illusions», «no shortcuts» and «no compromises». The video ends with «No. 1», signifying the reveal of the first Polestar model. It also confirms that the model will be revealed in Shanghai on 17 October, but has not confirmed what kind of car it will be, nor whether it will be a production model, or a concept.
A previous Autocar report discovered that the brand’s first model as a marque independent of the Volvo badge will be a 600bhp hybrid coupé, which could be based upon the Volvo S60 and is due next year.
A powertrain based on that of the Volvo XC90 T8 is expected, with a 2.0-litre turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder engine producing in excess of the T8’s 324bhp and an electric motor upgraded beyond its 81bhp.
The Volvo Concept Coupé was a plug-in hybrid, designed by Polestar boss and then-Volvo chief of design Thomas Ingenlath. Performance figures of 395bhp and 442lb ft were quoted for the model, which was based on Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture. It’s unknown as yet what powertrain the model will use.