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
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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
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