Polestar Precept: new pictures of concept pointing to brand's future
Polestar has released a new set of images of its Precept concept car, which had been intended to take centre stage at the Volvo spin-off brand's Geneva Motor Show stand in March 2020 before the event was cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions.
The Precept is described as a "four-door GT" and a "vision of the company's future aspirations". According to company CEO Thomas Ingenlath: "Precept shows you where we will be heading – our design direction, our ambitions about sustainability and the great digital user experience we will bring with those future cars... This is our reality, to come.”
Aside from its striking exterior styling, which clearly positions it as a potential Tesla Model 3 rival, the Precept 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 version 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 the rear seats. Between the rear headrests, the Polestar emblems 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 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.”
No technical details of the Polestar Precept's drivetrain have been released and it's not known how close to a potential final production car the concept is, but it could well preview the type of car that will carry the Polestar 3 badge in the near future.