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Polestar looks into the crystal ball with Precept electric GT concept

Polestar looks into the crysta...
The sporty GT concept definitely shows a brighter future for Polestar design
The sporty GT concept definitely shows a brighter future for Polestar design
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Polestar previews future design language with the Precept concept
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Polestar previews the future of its design with the Precept concept
The rear-end feels like the afterthought of the design
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The rear-end feels like the afterthought of the design
The Polestar Precept doesn't have much of a rear window, but the glass roof stretches from the windshield to the tailgate
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The Polestar Precept doesn't have much of a rear window, but the glass roof stretches from the windshield to the tailgate
The sporty GT concept definitely shows a brighter future for Polestar design
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The sporty GT concept definitely shows a brighter future for Polestar design
We're not sure what type of powertrain lies below that creamy skin, but it definitely looks fast
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We're not sure what type of powertrain lies below that creamy skin, but it definitely looks fast
The rear looks better from this angle, but we don't think many onlookers will be hovering a couple feet over it like this
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The rear looks better from this angle, but we don't think many onlookers will be hovering a couple feet over it like this
Simple but complex, the cockpit relies on a large infotainment touchscreen and digital instrument screen
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Simple but complex, the cockpit relies on a large infotainment touchscreen and digital instrument screen
The Precept is a four-door, four-seat GT
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The Precept is a four-door, four-seat GT
Precept seats rely on more environmentally friendly materials like recycled cork and flax-based composite
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Precept seats rely on more environmentally friendly materials like recycled cork and flax-based composite
A Lidar on the roof works with other sensors to support driver-assistance features
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A LiDAR on the roof works with other sensors to support driver-assistance features
Between the rear seats, a holographic Polestar emblem lurks inside a Swedish crystal
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Between the rear seats, a holographic Polestar emblem lurks inside a Swedish crystal
Polestar blends new technology with a clean, functional design
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Polestar blends new technology with a clean, functional design
Polestar is working with Google on the Android-based HMI
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Polestar is working with Google on the Android-based HMI
Polestar 3D-knits material based on recycled PET bottles into the Precept seat surfaces
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Polestar 3D-knits material based on recycled PET bottles into the Precept seat surfaces
Polestar Precept HMI
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Polestar Precept HMI
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Looking to fully establish itself as the high-performance electrified brand of the Volvo/Zhejiang Geely family, Polestar has previewed the future of its design language with the all-electric Precept concept. The curvaceous tourer divorces itself from the obvious Volvo influence of previous Polestar vehicles without abandoning it forever. The new concept also puts afloat the obligatory boatload of tech and sustainable buzzwords, including a holographic crystal, flax-based composites and recycled-cork vinyl.

The sporty, low-slung Precept concept takes a decisive step away from from the toothy, repackaged Volvo styling of previous Polestar designs, looking every bit the part of a performance halo. Its large wheels and muscular haunches hint at the electrified torque and zip lurking below its skin, while the neutral colors and neat, simple creasing keep it grounded enough to feel like a true Swedish design.

The most striking element of the Precept's styling is the new front-end design. Here, a dramatic quad-lamp "Thor's hammer" lighting signature diverges from the Thor's hammers of Volvo fame. Between these sharply drawn eyes, Polestar shows mercy in killing off the unflattering toothy grille, replacing it with a digitized "SmartZone." As Polestar explains, the area previously tasked with breathing now takes on the responsibility of seeing, using a pair of radars and a high-definition camera to view the road and objects ahead, assisted by a Lidar mounted atop the glass roof.

Polestar previews future design language with the Precept concept
Polestar previews the future of its design with the Precept concept

Despite the loss of the grille, air has no trouble finding its way around the new Polestar face. Molecules that don't get sucked into the side intakes dangling off the lower headlamp blades accelerate over the hood with help from a front wing.

We think Polestar is successful in creating an attractive face that elicits the question, "What car is that?!" However, the rear-end brings that conversation screeching to a halt with an emphatic, "Glad I don't drive one!" The whole thing feels overdone, the crisp "light-blade" taillights framing the upper edge of a strange series of shapes, volumes and colors that never mesh into a cohesive design. And no matter how much Polestar strives to convince us of the merits of its smart sensors, side cameras and wide-angle rear-view system, we don't like the lack of rear windshield, either.

The rear-end feels like the afterthought of the design
The rear-end feels like the afterthought of the design

Slice that rear into something presentable, though, and Polestar has a much sportier, more premium design language than it ever achieved with the two-door Polestar 1. Next up, an actual model name.

Inside the doors, the Precept runs a powerful Android-based HMI on a tablet-style 15-in infotainment touchscreen and 12.5-in driver display working together with eye-tracking and proximity sensors to make information available at exactly the right time and place. The two screens are linked visually by an illuminated blade that sweeps around a greater four-seat cabin defined by sustainable, repurposed materials. Reclaimed fishing nets become carpets; recycled PET bottles are 3D-knitted into seat surfaces; and recycled cork makes up the vinyl of the bolsters and headrests. The seat backs and interior panels are crafted from flax-based composites designed to cut plastic waste and vehicle weight. Between the rear seats, a holograph of the Polestar emblem glows eerily from inside a hunk of Swedish crystal.

Simple but complex, the cockpit relies on a large infotainment touchscreen and digital instrument screen
Simple but complex, the cockpit relies on a large infotainment touchscreen and digital instrument screen

"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," promises Polestar design chief Maximilian Missoni.

Polestar won't head there immediately, however. Unless it has more details to spill in Geneva, the Precept is more a design study than a near-production concept car. Of the electric powertrain, it says only that the large battery pack finds home inside the 122-in (3,100-mm) wheelbase.

Either way, Volvo will give the concept a full world premiere at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, which opens to the press on March 3.

Source: Polestar

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The problem with bucket seat in the rear is that they they render the rear useless for dogs and large objects.
WB
Looks like a Tesla model s from the front. I guess imitation is the highest form of flattery.
WB
Side looks like a Tesla as does the dashboard ...wow