Volvo released a teaser image of its Tesla rival, the Polestar 2

Volvo released a teaser image of its Tesla rival, the Polestar 2

Volvo's spin-off Polestar teased an image of its Polestar 2 early January, a future fully electric four-door fastback with impressive specifications that, as you might expect, will follow its Polestar 1 hybrid sports vehicle.

Polestar say the "2" will be revealed in the coming weeks (and we expect a public reveal probably at Geneva in a couple of months) and go in to production shortly after the Polestar 1 later this year. The teaser image isn't very revealing, but it shows the auto will have a rear charging port and slender taillights which are connected by a thin illuminated strip. Also, unlike the Polestar 1 which is available as a left-hand drive model only, the Polestar 2 will be available with the steering wheel on the right side.

Set to be a stylish four-door fastback, the Polestar 2 will be a high-performance EV that will compete with the Tesla Model 3.

Range will be around 300 miles, the brand says, though it's unclear if that's based on US or more lenient European specs.

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In 2017, Polestar became a separate company within the Volvo group focusing on performance electric cars. The first of them - christened the Polestar 1, was unveiled in October 2017.

For those unfamiliar with the Polestar 2, it's an upcoming all-electric mid-size vehicle from Volvo that aims to compete toe-to-toe with Tesla's Model 3. The automaker went on to say the vehicle will be available through a subscription or traditional "cash sales". Mercedes-Benz recently launched its own system, MBUX, on the new A-Class, and BMW's take on the technology will be found in the new 3-Series.

Polestar's press release calls the new system "Google Android HMI", though the functionality mentioned sounds exactly like what the Android Automotive demos from last year's Google I/O offered. Volvo is one of several manufacturers working with Google, while Ford and several others are integrating Amazon's Alexa voice assistance into their own products.

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