In 2017, Volvo, Sweden’s maker of relentlessly safety-conscious, gasoline-powered vehicles, launched Polestar, a stand-alone brand dedicated to…relentlessly safety-conscious, electric-powered vehicles. As 2021 dawns, the second offering from the marque, a luxury crossover felicitously named Polestar 2, will be among us soon.
Starting at $59,000, Polestar 2 is meant to eat the lunch of Tesla’s Model 3 and upcoming Model Y. Having piloted one around L.A. recently, I say, bring them on. Polestar’s remit is to field EVs with Volvo’s fabled integrity intact while torpedoing the marque’s association with granola-tinged self-righteousness. Done and done. The exterior leads with a faceted fascia that evokes Volvo’s traditional grille after a testosterone patch; acceleration is a face-flattening 4.45-second leap to 60 mph. The interior’s muted vegan upholstery is the only concession to Volvo virtue-signaling, and Polestar will swap in leather if you insist.
Then again, why mess with this near-perfect balance of circumspect beauty and beastly performance?
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