At CES 2019, we got word that Volvo’s first electric car would also be the first vehicle with Google’s standalone version of Android Auto called Android Automotive (or Android HMI). At last, the car manufacturer has officially unveiled the Polestar 2 (via The Verge).
The Polestar 2 is a sedan-crossover that is set to compete directly with the Tesla Model 3. Included in the car is a 78kWh battery pack which should allow the vehicle to travel around 275 miles on a full charge. Additionally, the dual electric motors put out 300kW which equates to roughly 408 horsepower.
We’ll let you decide if you like the look of the Volvo’s first all-electric vehicle.
What we’re interested in is the Android-powered infotainment system. As mentioned, the Polestar 2 will be the first car running Android Automotive. We can’t see much from the Volvo-provided photos of the 11-inch screen, but it’s apparent that the floating display will play a central part to the in-vehicle experience.
What differentiates this infotainment system from others running Android Auto is the deep Google Assistant integration. Instead of just being able to ask the voice assistant basic queries, you’ll be able to control aspects of your car from both within the vehicle and externally. Features that should be available include being able to adjust the climate control, roll down the windows, and much more.
In addition to having Assistant baked in, the car’s center console will also have access to the Play Store and Google Maps pre-installed.
The Polestar 2 is available for pre-order starting today. In the U.S., the electric vehicle should cost around 39,900 euros (~ $45,400). Unfortunately, during the first year of production, Volvo will only be selling a “Launch Edition” which will retail for roughly $63,000. The good news is that the Polestar 2 should qualify for the $7,500 electric vehicle tax credit.
You can place your pre-order for the car using the button below. Polestar 2 deliveries should begin in 2020. A $1,000 deposit is required to hold your spot in line.