Volvo's performance division Polestar recently announced that Polestar 1 coupe will officially be ready to order early next year. The brand first showed off the hybrid coupe in October this year and only some of the strong markets for Volvo will be able to get their hands on the first 500 units of the 600 hp Polestar 1. Other markets will have to wait for it for a while longer.
Production of the Polestar 1 will begin in mid-2019 at a new plant in Chengdu, China, and the coupe will be sold through exclusive dealerships called Polestar Spaces where customers can see the car before placing an order. The US, China, Sweden, Germany, Norway and the Netherlands will be the first markets to get Polestar Spaces.
During the launch, the company said that the Polestar 1 will be powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, which will be assisted by a couple of electric motors to produce a combined 600 hp. The coupe will have a range of about 149 km on leectric only. Competitors are likely to include various high-performance coupes from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
Ever since Volvo revealed that Polestar would be more than a performance tuner for it s fastest models, the Polestar 1 is the first new vehicle from the brand. But Polestar's first car is equipped with a number of Volvo's initiatives, such as its combustion engine and electric powertrain and subscription-based buying model.
The company hasn’t confirmed the subscription service, which is similar to the Care By Volvo introduced for the Volvo XC40 SUV, will be the only way to get a Polestar 1. Volvo’s performance arm is limiting sales of this powerful new hybrid to some of its biggest markets — and those that are friendliest to plug-ins.
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