Now Is The Time To Nag Volvo About That Shooting Brake

by Heather Platt | Posted on Saturday, October 21st, 2017

The Polestar 1, Volvo’s 600 horsepower hybrid coupe, is a sports car with a wonderful story. It comes from a design team that has put a lot of extra hours into rebuilding a unique brand, knowing very well that some of their most cherished concepts will likely never make it into production. But then Volvo bought 100 percent of Polestar, and it was decided to turn it into a standalone performance brand for Volvo Cars’ electrified vehicles.


The Polestar 1 started out as a 2013 concept, only to get shelved. Then, the idea got picked up following a “guys, this might happen” moment, evolving into the possibility of a future Volvo coupe named C90, based on the S90. But it was only two years ago when Volvo decided it should reach production as Polestar’s first car, a performance hybrid set for 2020. It is rare for parked concepts to get a second chance, let alone a third one.

The Polestar 1 is based on the same SPA platform as Volvo’s 90 and 60 cars. Of the fully electric Polestar models that are coming, the Tesla Model 3-rival Polestar 2 will be built on Volvo’s compact CMA platform, while the Polestar 3 SUV comes out on the next-generation SPA 2 (the platform under the XC90). Being battery-only, these vehicles will push the design language further, introducing more differentiation across the range as well as bigger screens and new interior materials, such as artificial leather and plastics made of recycled bottles.

They will also retain the Polestar 1’s exposed wiring in the trunk, which is a new interpretation of “showing what’s under the hood.”

Shooting brakes can be hard to justify from a manufacturer’s standpoint. Aston Martin can do them in ultra limited numbers to wow the world and Ferrari can produce them properly to satisfy all those V12 road-trippers out there. But at a reasonable price, shooting brakes are usually out of the question. Yet Volvo is a brand built on wagons.

Polestar is like fresh dough. They aren’t sure if they can sell more than 500 units a year, they haven’t figured out the price they want to charge for them, apart from the first trio of Polestars, the book is open for suggestions. It’s time to pick up your phone, flood their servers with emails, or poke your Volvo dealer in person.



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