Polestar 1 name confirmed for performance coupe in latest preview

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  • The name of the car has been revealed in the latest snippets released by Polestar in its preview campaign

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    The new video shows close-up detail of Polestar’s first standalone cae

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  • Polestar performance coupe concept

    With another set of puzzle pieces released, the puzzle edges further to being a full rear shot of the car.

  • Polestar Concept Coupé
  • Polestar Concept Coupé
  • Polestar Concept Coupé
  • Polestar Concept Coupé
  • Volvo Concept Coupé

    The preview images, when pieced together (below), form a car bearing a striking resemblance to the Volvo Concept Coupé of 2013

  • Polestart performance coupe
  • Polestar performance coupe concept
  • Polestar performance coupe concept
  • Polestar Concept Coupé
  • Polestar Concept Coupé
  • Polestar Concept Coupé
  • Polestar Concept Coupé
  • Volvo Concept Coupé
Jimi Beckwith

Polestar, Volvo’s now-standalone performance brand, has shown pieces of its first model’s styling ahead of its full debut in a series of pictures and a new teaser video.

Predictably, little is given away by the pictures individually, but styling cues from Volvo are evident in the tail-lights.

The teaser 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 preview images, which Polestar presented as a puzzle with numbered pieces. When arranged, they show a fragmented image of the complete rear of the car, which takes strong influence from the Volvo Concept Coupé, which was revealed at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show.

That car too 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. 

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