Volvo’s ex-tuning arm, Polestar that became a standalone electric performance brand in 2017 has revealed its second iteration in entirety. While the Polestar 1 proved to be a statement of purpose for the brand, the 2 means serious business.

Not shying away from the fact that this is Polestar’s answer to the likes of Tesla’s Model 3 means that the brand is preparing for a walloping attack at the American EV giant. While Tesla gets closer to selling 500,000 of its mass-market EV, Polestar has been taking notes.

Unlike the curvy Tesla Model 3, the Polestar 2 is graced with plenty of sharp design elements.

Polestar has introduced the 2 as an all-electric, four-wheel-drive saloon-shaped hatchback that it calls ‘fastback’. Surpassing what Tesla promised on the entry-level Model 3, the Polestar 2 comes with a maximum range of 500km. This is the courtesy of a 78kWh battery that delivers 402hp with enough torque to lunge the car from 0-100kph in 5.1 seconds.

With its fastback design, the Polestar 2 is sharp along with Swedish minimalism. True Volvo fans will immediately spot the similarities that the 2 shares with the 40.2 concept from 2016, except for a new smaller frameless wing mirrors and a full-width light bar at the back.

The company has faithfully inherited a handful of elements from its racing roots too. An optional performance pack comes with Ohlins dampers that can be manually adjusted, Brembo brakes at the front and a set of 20-inch forged wheels. In addition to this, the car will also get gold valve caps and gold seatbelts.

The 11-inch infotainment system will always be connected to the internet with Google enabled features like maps.

On the inside, unlike the Polestar 1, the 2 genuinely departs from the Volvo derived designs. The dash is dominated by an 11-inch portrait touchscreen. The exciting news, however, is that it’s the first car to run on Google’s integrated Android operating system which basically means you can use voice-controlled systems and navigate with the help of Google Maps.

For now, we can’t say if all the tech-trickery will give the Polestar 2 an upper hand over the Tesla Model 3. But looking at all that’s on offer on the 2 Tesla could be looking at a tough segment competitor for its mass performance model.