2015 Volvo XC90 R-Design

Volvo XC90 Polestar is possible now, post the Polestar takeover

November 3, 2015

The Volvo XC90 Polestar was reported to be under development in February, but in April, Nick Connor, Managing Mirector of Volvo UK, ruled out the high performance variant because as per him, the XC90 plug-in hybrid already offers enough power.

However, a fresh report from Autocar now states that the Volvo XC90 is indeed under consideration. It would be easier for the Swedish marque to introduce the Polestar variant now, as it has acquired Polestar Performance AB.

According to the report, the Volvo XC90 Polestar is currently under discussion. Speaking about the high performance variant to the publication, Niels Moller, Polestar’s CEO, said: “Everything is possible.”

“SUVs are hip. People really like them as urban cruisers, so why not have an XC car that can go on the track as well?”

As for the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar, Polestar is working to bring out a highly tuned version of the company’s 2.0-litre Drive-E unit, as per the report. Mr. Moller said that the beefed-up unit will produce at least 350 bhp and replace the turbocharged straight-six engine currently offered in the S60 and V60 Polestar. Mr. Niels told the publication that it will be “as stronger or even stronger” than the current straight-six unit and will come linked to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

“With the new engine, weight will be reduced and power will increase, but there will be nearly half the CO2 emissions,” Mr. Moller said. “We believe in the future performance cars must cope with environmental developments,” he added.

Mr. Moller said that since the takeover in July, Polestar has had “full access to Volvo technology and, naturally, that means access to a lot of hybrid technology.”

“There will be performance hybrids, which use electrification to enhance performance, rather than worrying about range. If I don’t see a business case on each and every model, I will not do it. Right now, we are taking the full range of Volvo’s portfolio and thinking about how we could position a Polestar version.”

Maybe now that Volvo owns Polestar, it can dream about a full-fledged Audi RS-, BMW M- and Mercedes-AMG-rivalry.

[Source: Autocar]

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