The Polestar badge is one that not many people will know. Polestar is to Volvo what AMG is to Mercedes and M is to BMW. It is their performance department which the company bought over. The first Polestar model that will be coming our way is the S60, which will be launched on the 14th of this month.
The main highlight of the Polestar is the fact that it is powered by a 2.0 liter petrol engine (same as the one on the T6). This engine is turbocharged as well as supercharged, which means output is a massive 367 Bhp and 470 Nm. The engine is mated to an 8-speed gearbox which puts the power down through all 4 wheels.
The Polestar gets larger brakes, stiffer suspension and a bigger turbo on the mechanical side. On the cosmetic side, it gets a more aggressive body kit which includes a new bumper, a new grille and new 20″ alloys. It will most likely get the Polestar Blue shade as well. On the inside, you will have sports seats up front and carbon fibre finish on the dashboard, as opposed to the current wood/aluminium finish which we get.
We expect the company to price it around the Rs 60 lakh mark, given the competition. The current T6, which is powered by the same engine is priced at Rs 43.26 lakhs, however it makes 306 Bhp and 400 Nm.
The Polestar will compete against the Mercedes C43 AMG and the Audi S5, given the positioning. Both of them have a larger engine though (3.0 liter V6).
Volvo has been expanding their model line up for the country over the past year. They now have the V40/V40 Cross Country in the hatchback segment, the S60 and S90 in the sedan segment and the XC60 (soon to be replaced) and XC90 in the SUV segment. The company was also the first to bring in a plug-in hybrid SUV into the market, the XC90 T8. The company also plans to launch their first estate for the Indian market, the V90 Cross Country later in the year. Currently, no one offers a premium estate in the Indian market (except for the RS6 Avant).