Polestar 5: production version of Precept concept previewed
New image previews the Polestar 5; this production version of the Precept prototype arrives in 2024 as a rival to the Tesla Model S and Mercedes EQS
Polestar has released the first preview image of the 2024 Polestar 5. This production version of the Precept concept car will become the electric-only brand's luxury flagship model, serving as a rival to cars like the Tesla Model S, Mercedes EQS and Porsche Taycan.
As with Polestar's other cars, it's expected to be built on the same SPA2 mechanical platform as some Volvo models. Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath commented: "It makes me very proud to see how much of the concept car’s design is making it into the 5 – a great achievement by our designers and engineers alike."
While few details have been released about the roadgoing car, we can see from the image that it'll most likely feature more conventional doors than the striking 'coach doors' that appeared on the concept. However, the prototype does retain the Precept’s coupe-like roofline, short overhangs and rear deck.
The Precept concept was originally intended to take centre stage at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2020, before the event was cancelled due to Covid, so its public debut took place at the 2021 Goodwood Festival of Speed. We recently got some hands-on time with the Precept concept, which you can learn more about in the video above.
Range and charging
No exact range or performance figures for the Polestar 5 have been released, but speaking previously to DrivingElectric, Ingenlath explained that the brand's focus on sustainability will be reflected in the car's battery, which will most likely offer a range of around 300 miles: "If you're talking about making a car more efficient, that's great," Ingenlath explained. "If you're talking about packing more and more kWh into the car to make the best range, it's crazy, because that doesn't help us get closer to making a sustainable car."
It's likely that the 5 will focus on faster charging speeds rather than a bigger battery that requires more precious elements to produce. It's also expected to continue Polestar's sustainable approach elsewhere; customer appetite for a sustainably made car helped clear the model for production, in fact.
"Generations are changing; younger people are becoming older," Ingenlath said. "The premium segment is changing into that direction, so luxury has [sustainability] in focus." It's likely that Polestar's forthcoming flax-based composite will take the place of traditional virgin plastics in the new car's interior – and it's set to be built at a bespoke, carbon-neutral factory in China.
Elsewhere, Ingenlath confirmed that the forthcoming Polestar 3 SUV will use an updated version of the Android-powered infotainment system found in the Polestar 2, and that it'd be "crazy" not to use it on the as-yet-unnamed production Precept.
Polestar Precept concept details and design
Aside from its striking exterior styling, the Precept concept car includes innovations in sustainable interior materials and HMI (human-machine interface). At the front, the grille has been replaced with a transparent panel called the 'Polestar SmartZone', which houses sensors for the car's driver-assistance and safety systems.
Above this, an integrated front wing accelerates air flow over the long bonnet, improving aerodynamic efficiency and thus range. At the rear, there's a full-width light blade, which extends at its edges into small 'aero wings' – another aerodynamic touch. As on the Honda e and certain versions of the Audi e-tron, conventional door mirrors are replaced by cameras feeding to screens at the edge of the dashboard, while a wide-angle camera on the rear of the car supplies the picture for the central rear-view screen.
Inside, a 3.1-metre long wheelbase ensures generous rear headroom and legroom. There's no separate rear window; the car's single-piece glass roof extends behind the rear seats. Between the rear headrests, the Polestar emblem floats holographically inside a solid piece of Swedish crystal. Several different types of sustainable materials are used for the interior, including flax-based composites for the panels and seatbacks, 3D-knitted recycled plastic bottles for the seat surfaces, recycled cork vinyl for the seat bolsters and headrests and reclaimed fishing nets for the carpets.
Like the Polestar 1 and Polestar 2 production models, the Precept uses an Android-based infotainment system. There's a 15-inch portrait-orientated central screen as well as a 12.5-inch screen in front of the driver, linked by an illuminated 'blade' that encompasses the whole interior. The system complements the usual touchscreen interface with eye-tracking and proximity sensors to allow hands-free manipulation of the menus.
According to Polestar's head of design Maximilian Missoni: "At Polestar, we see technology as an enabler, as a tool to solve our society’s problems and we translated this attitude into a new set of design principles. The combination of sustainable materials and high-tech smart systems opens an entirely new chapter of avant-garde luxury design and shows where Polestar is heading.”
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