Polestar Precept Concept previews future electric GT

A new EV battleground is opening up, with Polestar’s latest concept eschewing the SUV look in favour of a sleek four-door fastback

Polestar has revealed a new concept called the Precept – a sleek, low, four-door fastback that it says forms a manifesto of its future direction. Rather than adhering to an SUV template that the market apparently deems its preferred form, the Precept’s sleek bodywork and clean aesthetic is a refreshing look ahead to Polestar’s more attractive design future.

Compared to its first all-electric model, the Polestar 2, the Precept’s proportions are driven by a much longer wheelbase (up 365mm) and lower roofline, taking the form of a long, low-slung four-door GT, rather than the slightly odd high-riding saloon shape of the 2. In terms of size it’s bigger even than the Tesla Model S, pointing towards a possible production variant that could form a flagship rival for the Tesla and the Porsche Taycan

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

The crisp surfacing is pure Polestar, but the detailing shows a further step away from Volvo’s influence that the Polestar 1 is often criticised for. Instead, the Precept’s split headlights are driven by a new interpretation of the Thor’s Hammer headlight graphic, while the grille has been replaced entirely, now forming both a home for the concept’s safety sensors and driving assistance functions, and a slip vent that attaches air to body, forcing it up and over the windscreen – a similar trick to that found on the Jaguar I-Pace.

The flanks and glasshouse look equally crisp, highlighted by a broad and well-defined floating rear haunch that’s new for Polestar, again creating distance between it and Volvo’s iconic shoulder line that has driven much of Polestar’s aesthetic until now. From here the silhouette of the roof and rising haunch meet at the clean tail, which is itself defined by the lack of a rear screen – something that might proliferate across the industry at large now that wide-angle rear-view cameras are replacing traditional rear-view mirrors. Across the rear, the lower bumper’s tall diffuser and crisp rear lighting structure both clean the air as it leaves the car for maximum aero efficiency

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

As well as previewing Polestar’s exterior, the Precept also gives us a glimpse at Polestar’s future interior design, this time mimicking the Polestar 2 a little more closely with plenty of concept-car glitter applied. The interior is dominated by a portrait-layout touchscreen interface that now floats from the multi-material, wing-shaped dash. Not dissimilar to that in the Tesla Model 3, Polestar’s inclusion of a second driver display mounted behind the steering wheel keeps it from being quite as stark as the Tesla’s cabin, so too the multi-level centre console. The Precept’s Android-designed user interface is much closer to production though, ready to be applied to the Polestar 2. 

Polestar has not specifically mentioned any intention of putting the Precept into production, but if it does, there is already an established high-end marketplace for it to enter. It’s due to be revealed in the flesh at this year’s Geneva motor show in early March

Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/polestar/21494/402bhp-polestar-2-enters-production-ahead-of-summer-deliveries
Polestar

402bhp Polestar 2 enters production ahead of summer deliveries 

24 Mar 2020
Visit/polestar/polestar-2
Polestar 2

Polestar 2 review – verdict, specs and prices

8 Jul 2020
Visit/audi/audi-e-tron/202840/new-496bhp-audi-e-tron-s-revealed-audis-first-high-performance-ev
Audi e-tron

New 496bhp Audi e-tron S revealed – Audi’s first high-performance EV

1 Jul 2020
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/porsche/202872/porsche-911-carrera-s-vs-rivals-r8-vantage-570gt-and-evora-face-off
Porsche

Porsche 911 Carrera S vs rivals: R8, Vantage, 570GT and Evora face off

The question is simple. Does the 992-generation 911 Carrera S still have the edge on its core rivals?
11 Jul 2020
Visit/mercedes/amg-gt/201615/2021-mercedes-amg-gt-black-series-revealed-in-new-video
Mercedes AMG GT

2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series revealed in new video

The long-awaited Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series has been shown for the first time in an official video
9 Jul 2020
Visit/news/21596/ares-panther-progettouno-reborn-de-tomaso-pantera-hits-the-road
News

Ares Panther ProgettoUno – reborn De Tomaso Pantera hits the road

5.2-litre V10 and pop-up headlights for Dany Bahar’s reimagined supercar
9 Jul 2020
Visit/porsche/18843/car-pictures-of-the-week
Porsche

Car pictures of the week

In this week’s car pictures from issue 276, we look at the highlights from our time with the first and latest Porsche Turbos
10 Jul 2020