Polestar (Volvo’s sub-brand) has announced their Polestar Precept to show a glimpse into the brand’s vision for the future.
“Precept is a declaration, a vision of what Polestar stands for and what makes the brand relevant,” comments Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar. “The car is a response to the clear challenges our society and industry face. This is not a dream of a distant future, Polestar Precept previews future vehicles and shows how we will apply innovation to minimize our environmental impact.
The Polestar Precept uses a combination of sustainable interior materials such as flax-based composites for interior panels and seatbacks.
As well as bolsters made from 3D-knitted recycled PET bottles and headrests made from recycled cork vinyl. The carpet in the vehicle is made from reclaimed fishing nets.
The 3.1-metre wheelbase on the Precept help fit a larger battery in the vehicle. The front grill of the Precept has been replaced by their SmartZone which houses the technology for safety sensors, driver assistance functions, two radar sensors and a high-def camera.
Maximilian Missoni, head of Design at Polestar, says: “Polestar Precept’s aesthetics are rooted in cutting-edge technology rather than looking back in time at historical, automotive references. At Polestar we see technology as an enabler, as a tool to solve our society’s problems and we translated this attitude into a new set of design principles. 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.”
A LIDAR pod is mounted to the top of the front windshield for optimal visibility. The side mirrors on the Precept have been replaced with cameras and the rear-view mirror is a digital screen that shows a video feed from the rear-facing wide-angle camera.
The infotainment system uses a 15-inch display in the center along with a 12.5-inch driver display. The system is uses Google’s Android Automotive OS, just like on the company’s Polestar 2 vehicle.
The Android-based system offers features such as Google Maps, Google Play support and the Google Assistant. There’s also support for the Polestar Digital Key to use your phone as a key.
In addition to the Precept, the company is set to release their Polestar 2 vehicle in the next few months. Polestar is also working on an all-electric performance SUV called the Polestar 3, currently set for 2021.
Polestar will be showing off their Precept vehicle at the Geneva International Motor Show from March 5 to 15th at stand 5253 in Hall 5.