The Swedes have created a powerful coupe hybrid

Polestar New Model

Now, the first of those Polestar cars has been unveiled. Polestar says the launch of the Chinese-built Polestar 1 will lead the way to two other models, creatively named Polestar 2 and 3, in the coming years. Aside from a few subtle exterior differences, the styling of the 1 is nearly identical to that of Volvo's Coupe Concept from 2013.

There's a little more to it than that, of course.

The auto is equipped with a hybrid power plant on the basis of the 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with a power output of 338 horsepower.

The great majority of the Polestar 1's top half and portions of its underbody and suspension are made from carbon fibre.

As for the interior, we wouldn't blame you for digging what you see on the Coupe Concept more.

The Polestar 1's looks match the advanced tech inside-the styling is simple and clean, with unique touches like sci-fi inspired Helvetica-font stickers instead of chrome badging and a panel mounted in the trunk with neatly marked heavy-gauge orange wires and connectors. Even the cabin is akin to the Volvo brethren. Overall, though, Polestar says that 50 percent of the coupe's parts are specific to the Polestar 1.

Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer of Polestar said; "Polestar 1 is the first vehicle to carry the Polestar on the bonnet".

As in those Volvos, the powertrain is based on a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter inline-four. Enough for a proper-sized commute without troubling the 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. The large sporty alloy wheels hide the Akebono six-piston brake callipers with 400mm discs. It also features torque vectoring across the rear axle.

The plug-in-hybrid drivetrain is just a baby step, however. To reinforce its driving characteristics, Polestar 1 benefits from a host of new technologies.

"Simply ordered online or through a Polestar app and added to the one monthly invoice, further reducing the "hassle" traditionally associated with auto usage".

Volvo, which is owned by China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, will start producing the vehicle in mid-2019. Following that will be a Polestar 3 SUV.

Volvo has announced plans to release three all-electric models under its own brand by 2021. Subsequent models are meant to be strictly electric vehicles. How Polestar will be able to circumvent dealership laws-an issue that has been a sticking point for Tesla in some states-is unclear.

The new customer concept will include collection and delivery for servicing, and ultimately is likely to bypass the normal new vehicle dealership model altogether.

Then, at the end of the contract, you can use it to arrange collection by Polestar, which will then refurbish and prepare it for a secondary subscription as a pre-owned vehicle - presumably going some way remove the concern of battery degradation from the purchase of a used hybrid. So, too, is access to other cars-including Volvos-such as when traveling.

The ordering and configuration of Polestar cars will be conducted online via a Polestar app or online portal and will be backed up by a network of "Polestar Spaces" around the world where the auto can be seen in the metal. Instead, you will spec and order your vehicle online and lease it for either two or three years. Polestar has said it will produce three cars from a new factory in China (due to be completed in mid-2018), the first of which is called the Polestar 1.

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