Polestar 5 Precept Sedan Ready for Production in 2024

Polestar

Polestar is a premium electric car brand launched in 2017 as an independent venture co-owned by both Volvo Cars Group and Geely Holding Group. The brand’s previous models, the PHEV Polestar 1 and the all-electric Polestar 2 have revamped models coming out in 2022.

Volvo’s sub-brand Polestar previewed the final production version of its new Polestar 5 Grand Tourer in a behind-the-scenes video that teases its design evolution from the Precept model.

Overview

The company revealed the Precept in concept form first in February with an interior filled full of sustainable material. In November, Polestar posted a video in which we got the closest look at the new car that will go into production.

Polestar’s UK R&D centre plans to go forward with a production model’s launch in 2024. Design work is ongoing, and the previews from the teaser video of the production car with a more steeply raked roofline, physical door handles, more subtly integrated side skirts and a gently reworked rear end.

Platform

The investor document of September 2021 from Polestar states SPA2 as the platform of the Polestar 5. However, a recent report from Green Car Reports suggests that there’s a change from this original plan. The report indicates that a new, aluminium space-frame architecture is being developed for the 5.

Gregor Hembrough, Head, Polestar (USA) commented that the company is not planning to share this new platform with Volvo or Lotus. Lotus may help with suspension tuning, but that will be the extent of its involvement. Notably, the SPA2’s skateboard chassis is set to underpin the Polestar 3 and Volvo’s XC90 – class new electric SUV.

Exterior Design

The Polestar 5 is expected to be a highly aerodynamic, four-door GT derived from the Precept concept. The 5 is just as sleek, sporty, and athletic as the Precept with a similar low, wide stance and voluptuous body.

Polestar has smoothed out the harsher lines on the Precept, especially towards the rear creating a more muscular, streamlined profile.

The bulky LiDAR sensor that sat on top of the windshield on the Precept has been moved or removed, to provide an aerodynamic exterior to the GT. The nose section of the car shows housing for several sensors required for the ADAS.

The production model of the 5 also exhibits subtle visual changes such as the raised hood’s height, enlarged lower air intake, the thin mirrors replaced with conventional mirrors and the rear-hinged rear doors replaced with front-hinged ones.

The production version also retains some of its design features from the Precept model. Some of them are, the very short overhangs, tilted T-shaped, split headlights, and razor-sharp character lines. Also, to our surprise, the company has kept the large wheels that fill the arches in the original size.

Polestar’s dream design of the Precept has proved itself to be an achievable reality, and not just a sci-fi imagination as the production version looks nearly identical to the concept model.

Interior Design

The interior of the Polestar 5 could be very similar to that of the Polestar Precept concept, with impressive digital design and sustainable materials. The interior is going to use materials such as flax, recycled PET bottles, reclaimed fishing nets etc. Also, Polestar 5 is going to use waste and recycled cork-based vinyl for seat bolsters and headrests.

The five seats in the production model rather than the Precept concept’s four, although the option of a more luxurious layout with two wider, more comfortable back seats may be on the cards.

Like many electric cars, the 5 should offer two trunks for storage — one in the rear like a normal sedan and a second, smaller one upfront.

Infotainment and Connectivity

Polestar 5 comes with a button-free dashboard, with key functions placed in the central infotainment system along with a digital driver’s display.

This Mercedes EQE rival will also likely come with the Android Automotive OS-powered cockpit screens. With AR-HUDs improving significantly, automakers are reducing the size of instrument clusters.

The concept car had a massive 15.0-inch infotainment touchscreen mounted vertically in the centre of the dashboard and with latest version of Polestar’s Android-derived software interface.

A secondary 12.5-inch screen serves as a reconfigurable gauge display and two smaller monitors on the door panels swapped the traditional exterior mirrors.

The teaser also indicated a deeper integration of Android Automotive, Google’s native infotainment system. The sedan is programmed to identify the driver as they approach the car and automatically ready their favourite applications and settings.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

Key safety highlights are:

  • Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
  • Standard adaptive cruise control with semi-autonomous driving mode

Polestar has promised to offer an “unsupervised highway driving pilot” in the 3 SUV, and so model 5 can also be anticipated to receive SAE Level 3 or higher autonomous driving capability.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

We can expect an all-wheel-drive with both single-motor RWD and dual-motor AWD variants from the production model of 5.

Most probably, the sedan will be housing Polestar’s 603 hp rear motor, and/or a power of 871 hp with an additional motor at the front.

Polestar is aiming at a range of more than 600 km (373 miles).

Batteries & Charging

Polestar 5 should be powered by an 800-volt battery pack with a multi-charging system (400V and 800V) and 103 kWh of battery storage capacity. In addition, there might also be bi-directional/vehicle-to-grid charging compatibility and a short ultra-fast charging time of 20 minutes.

Production

Polestar’s UK team is focusing on the Precept’s development, looking into challenging engineering solutions, as the Swedish manufacturer looks to upscale and mass-produce the various sustainable materials used in the EV.

The company has plans for an entire manufacturing facility in China just for building the 2024 Polestar 5 and also intends for the new plant to be carbon neutral.

Polestar also intends on using innovative materials with sustainability as a core theme – flax-based composites that cut weight by up to 50 per cent and a reduction in plastic weight by up to 80 per cent.

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Release Date

Polestar is set to launch the 5 by the end of 2024. The company expects to sell 11,000 units of 5 in 2024 and 30,000 more units in 2025. The 5 will likely be a niche model introducing the brand’s innovations and its popularity on a level with the established luxury brands.

Will Polestar come to India?

Currently, there is no word on whether Volvo’s all-electric sub-brand will be coming to India. Volvo on the other hand has started electrifying its India line-up with the recent launches of the mild-hybrid petrol XC60XC90 SUVs and the S90 sedan.

Rivals

This futuristic, luxury, electric four-door hatchback will run against the Audi e-tron GT, Porsche Taycan, the Tesla Model S, the Lucid Air, and the Mercedes-Benz EQS.

Expected Price

The Polestar 5 will be launched for sale in 2024, and the cost hasn’t been announced yet, but it might be somewhere around £100,000 in UK, if not above.

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Polestar’s standard warranty coverage could change between now and 2023, but as of now, the company offers a fairly basic warranty package that matches its rival Tesla. Despite the company being a sub-division of Volvo, Polestar does not offer any complimentary scheduled maintenance for its cars as Volvo does.

  • Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • Electrical components are covered for eight years or 100,000 miles
  • No complimentary scheduled maintenance

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