Polestar’s eye-catching Precept concept car has been given the greenlight for production and we expect the all-electric luxury sedan to launch for the 2023 model year. This futuristic four-door will challenge the Porsche Taycan, the Tesla Model S and the Lucid Air sedans as well as the upcoming Mercedes-Benz EQS. Polestar has confirmed essentially nothing about the Precept so we can only guess that it will offer dual electric motors, a large battery pack with competitive driving range (think 400 miles of range, minimum), and eco-friendly interior materials. The company has said that it plans to build an entire manufacturing facility in China devoted to building the Precept and intends the new plant to be carbon neutral.
What’s New for 2023?
The Precept will be an all-new model for the fledgling Polestar brand when it eventually reaches the market. Polestar hasn’t given any details on timing, but we expect it to come out as a 2023 model.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
There’s been no mention of price yet, but electric powertrains and luxury interiors don’t come cheap. Combine the two and you’re looking at a starting price at or near the six-figure mark. When we learn more about the Precept’s price, features, and options, we’ll update this story with those details.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Like the smaller Polestar 2 sedan, we expect the Precept to offer standard all-wheel drive by utilizing two electric motors—one mounted in the front and one in the rear. The Polestar 2’s setup generates a combined 402-hp and rocketed that car to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds at our test track. The Precept will likely come with an even higher horsepower figure and should be slightly quicker than the Polestar 2 in order to put more pressure on performance-oriented models of the Taycan and Model S.
Range, Charging, and Battery Life
In order to compete with tomorrow’s EV luxury sedans, the Precept will need to offer at least 400 miles of driving range per charge. Both the Model S and the Air have models that boast more than 500 miles per charge, so Polestar would be wise to shoot for that bogey. All of the latest charging methods will likely be offered, including Level 2 home charging and DC fast charging for public stations.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA hasn’t released any fuel economy estimates for the Precept yet, and those numbers won’t likely surface until closer to the car’s on-sale date. When we get a chance, we’ll test the Precept’s range and fuel economy on our 75-mph highway fuel economy route and update this story with results.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
We hope Polestar retains the interior of the concept car as the Precept makes its way to production. It looks gorgeous and is constructed from sustainable materials such as flax, recycled cork, recycled plastic bottles, and reclaimed fishing nets. Two rows of captain’s chairs means there’s room for four, although a rear bench seat may also be available in the production car. Like many electric cars, the Precept should offer two trunks for storage—one in the rear like a normal sedan and a second, smaller one up front.
Infotainment and Connectivity
In the concept car, a massive, 15.0-inch infotainment touchscreen is mounted vertically in the center of the dashboard and runs the latest version of Polestar’s Android-derived software interface. A secondary 12.5-inch screen serves as a reconfigurable gauge display, and two smaller monitors on the door panels project views in lieu of traditional exterior mirrors. How much of this will make it to production is unknown, but the exterior camera system seems unlikely.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Since the Precept is still a concept car at this point, crash test results from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) are a long way off. The Precept concept car wears a roof-mounted array of sensors that seems to suggest some next-generation driver-assistance features are in the works, including even an autonomous driving mode. Key safety features are likely to include:
- Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
- Standard adaptive cruise control with semi-autonomous driving mode
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Polestar’s standard warranty coverage could change between now and 2023, but as of publication, the company offers a fairly basic warranty package that matches key rival Tesla. Despite the company being a spin-off division of Volvo, Polestar does not offer any complimentary scheduled maintenance like the Swedish automaker does.
- Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Electrical components are covered for eight years or 100,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance