Independently developed concept to debut at Tokyo 2019.
Thomas Ingenlath used to design all the cool Volvos that are on the market today, and now, as the CEO of the electric luxury brand Polestar, he can go further with his ideas than what would be allowed within Volvo’s business plan. Despite being a hybrid, we consider the Polestar 1 to be one hell of an opening act, while the all-electric Polestar 2 is a serious answer to Tesla’s advance. In 2021, we’ll get the Polestar 3 SUV, which will look a lot like the Precept concept, the preview of the company’s future direction detailed in this digital reveal by Mr. Ingenlath:
While certainly complex under the metal, the Precept keeps it simple for the user. With no traditional grille and a massive panoramic roof over its 2+2 cabin, the Precept is loaded with sustainable materials inside, all shaped by a minimalist approach.
Instead of plastic, future Polestars will use a flax-based composite, all exposed throughout the interior. Polestar claims a 50 percent reduction in weight and a whopping 80 percent decrease in plastic volume. Another green upgrade is that the seat covers are all made to size from recycled PET fibers, meaning there’s no cutout waste during production. The same goes for the headlining material. Then, there are the carpets made of old fishing nets and a cork-based vinyl used in the seat bolsters and head rests. Of course there’s no word on the energy and water consumption or the logistics aspect of all these recycling processes, but that’s just me looking at the idea from a distance.
As far as touch screens go, upcoming Polestars will feature integrated Google services via a custom-split, 15-inch digital interface filled with proximity sensors so you don’t have to take your eyes off the road to switch between apps, change the screen ratio, or use the most common functions throughout your journey. Yet if you do, or the car believes you’re too tired to drive, the eye-tracking built into the 9-inch horizontal driver display will alert the Advanced Driver Assistance System, which will adjust your speed and other settings in the name of safety.
Connected to the road via forged and machined 22-inch wheels—and kept on that road automatically using a roof-mounted LIDAR pod—the Polestar Precept is a long-wheelbase, clean-surface tech demonstrator you should already be able to imagine raised, with traditional doors and badged as a Polestar 3. But that’s something for 2021. Until then, enjoy this gallery, and try to guess just how quick a production Precept could be. After all, it may have taken them a while, but Volvo’s 2013 Concept Coupé did make it as the 2019 Polestar 1 …