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The Polestar 2 debuts at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. Those looking for a fun-to-drive electric vehicle can opt for the Performance Package which adds Ohlins dampers, Brembo brakes and 20-inch forged alloy wheels for better handling characteristics.

Say hello to the 2020 Polestar 2, the company's answer to the Tesla Model 3. The Polestar 2 is an all-electric 400-horsepower saloon-like hatchback with a claimed range of 310 miles on a single charge.

The Polestar 2 will sell alongside coupe and SUV models in European showrooms. To quote directly from Polestar: "Polestar 2 is the first electric vehicle to compete in the marketplace around the Tesla Model 3, with the range starting at a guide price of 39,900 euros". Even more importantly, that figure won't break the bank for the average performance auto buyer. The juice to the motor is supplied by a 78 kWh battery pack, enabling a targeted range of 500 kilometres.

The combined system output is 408 hp (300 kW) and 660 Nm of torque, which propels the fastback from standstill to 100 km/h in under five seconds.

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The 27-module battery pack is integrated into the floor and contributes to the rigidity of the chassis as well as improves the car's noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels - road noise has been reduced by 3.7 dB compared to a traditional chassis.

Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath with the Polestar 2.

One of the Polestar 2's most interesting features is an infotainment system powered by Google's Android operating system.

Enthusiasts will be happy to know that high-performance Ohlins dampers and Brembo brakes are tucked away behind glamorous 20-inch wheels.

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To display all of the available Google Play Store apps, the Polestar 2 comes with a 11 inch center-stack touchscreen display.

As with all other Polestars, the 2 can only be ordered online.

Sources close to the launch state that the new electric sedan will cost around €59,900 ($68,100) for its launch editions and will have a range of about 275 miles, figures broadly similar to Tesla Model 3's €58,800 price tag and 260 miles range. There'll also be Phone-as-Key technology to enable vehicle sharing as well as Polestar's connected services such as pick-up and delivery. The phone-as-key feature enables the vehicle to sense the driver on approach and gives the charging status and range onto the driver's phone.

The Tesla Model S isn't the first electric auto to make an appearance in a California police department. However, the brand is planning to open "Polestar Spaces" to offer potential customers the chance to look around the cars and take test drives.

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Priority markets for the new EV include China, North America and Europe, but Australia shouldn't lose hope just yet as it will be produced in left- and right-hand drive from early 2020.

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