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Boom time: 350 drivers now predicted to buy €114,000 SUV as 1,500 opt for EV test

Polestar 2 sale for 222-reg, Range Rover Sport is available later in year

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More than 1,500 people in Ireland have signed up to test drive the electric Polestar 2

More than 1,500 people in Ireland have signed up to test drive the electric Polestar 2

The new Range Rover Sport SUV is being shown at special outlets around the country

The new Range Rover Sport SUV is being shown at special outlets around the country

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More than 1,500 people in Ireland have signed up to test drive the electric Polestar 2

You know there must be something of a boom on the go when you find out that a car company confidently expects 350 people to buy a new Range Rover Sport costing from €114,000.

Similarly you know there is something big afoot when more than 1,500 people sign up to test drive the latest electric car, Polestar 2, to come our way.

So let’s begin with the new Range Rover Sport SUV.

It is being shown around the country at special outlets from now on and I got the chance to view in Dublin on Monday.

It’s a big motor and I was really impressed by the amount of cabin room.

It costs from €114,000 but most buyers will add a few thousand to take on extra spec, making the boom analogy all the more virulent. The third-generation Range Rover Sport leaves its predecessor in its wake on a number of fronts – and it was a decent car in its own right. It has, we are told, the dynamics of a sports car, being 35pc stiffer than before.

At the same time it has the sort of technology that defines vehicles from Jaguar Land Rover when it comes to tackling tough terrain.

This can go nearly anywhere, yet it has options such as four-wheel steering to give it a turning circle of around 11 metres.

For such a big car that is quite an achievement. It also has technology that will let the car park itself.

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But there is a big, big break with tradition. I suppose it was to be expected given the advancing electric era.

Nearly all the cars that will be bought will be plug-in hybrid as opposed to the great traditional diesels (and high-powered petrols) that were the cornerstone of the range.

They estimate as many as 96pc of cars bought will be PHEV.

The plug-in starts with a 3.0I PHEV 440PS Dynamic SE model. They are talking a real-world range of 740km (combined petrol and battery) and 113km of pure-battery power. 

Even on a cold day with everything on the go they say it can cover 80km.

There are two variants on the hybrid: the entry-level pumps 460PS while the more powerful version manages 510PS.

As I say, they expect 350 to be bought next year as the car only gets here relatively late this year.

Meanwhile, electric carmaker Polestar has begun selling Polestar 2 models here.

The timing could hardly be better given we are so close to the 222-number plate period from July 1.

Prices start from €49,500 for the Standard range single motor.

It has a claimed range of 440kmh – 474km and a power output of 231hp.

However, the first cars will be the long range Dual motor, priced from €61,990. Range stretches from 455km – 482km and it can manage an 0-100kmh time of 4.7 seconds.

It has a power output of 408hp. Despite shortage of supply across the motor industry, they say the cars will be delivered next month.

The initial cars are on sale through their pre-configured model.

Naturally they are just beginning but have “ambitious plans” to grow in the market.

After Polestar 2 there will be a new model released each year starting with the Polestar 3 next year – it is their first fully electric SUV.

They have test drives available and, as I said, they have more than 1,500 people signed up to try out the Polestar 2. And that number is increasing by the day.


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