The Swedish automaker is planning to follow up on the success of their previous polestar engineered cars, with two new performance models
Polestar initially made a name for themselves by tweaking Volvo cars for maximum performance and driver engagement, while maintaining the luxury factor. As major automakers began pursuing electrification of cars, Volvo realized the potential of Polestar, and helped them launch their first stand-alone cars in 2017, with the Polestar-I. Meanwhile, Volvo also used Polestar’s resources to produce performance variants of their own cars. In late 2018, Volvo, in association with Polestar, launched the Volvo S60 Polestar Engineered model, which took a normal S60, and converted it into a performance oriented car with over 400 horsepower at its disposal. The car received positive reviews, and was almost instantly sold out. Volvo have now announced plans to release Polestar Engineered versions of their station wagon V60, and the crossover model XC60.
Both the V60 and the XC60, share a similar base and power capacity with the S60, despite their very different outward appearances. All three cars were originally driven by a 2.0 liter, four cylinder engine. Polestar is known to incorporate some electric features into their cars, to give them an extra push of performance. Polestar’s variant of the S60, was a plug-in hybrid, and the new models are expected to follow suit.
While the automaker has not revealed any major details regarding the pricing and the availability of the cars, reports suggest that the machines will be powered by the same 2.0 liter engine, fitted with a turbocharger and a supercharger, along with an electric motor, all of which results in a combined power output of 415 horsepower, and 494 pound-feet of torque. The gasoline engine will drive the front wheels, while the electric motor will drive the rear end of the cars. The cars will also sport an improved braking system and a locally sourced suspension upgrade.