A prototype of the Tesla Model S-rivalling Polestar Precept all-electric sedan has been teased in a photo taken at the company’s UK R&D facility.

    The prototype is pictured without its front end or rear bumper, with the chassis exposed.

    There is a body shell on top of the chassis showing off the four-door sedan form with flush-fitting door handles.

    The interior of the prototype is not clearly shown and there appears to be only one seat.

    The car may only be a rolling prototype, as there are workers putting on tow straps so it can be loaded up on a trailer.

    There’s also a black soft cover on the roof that seems to be in a similar place to the LiDAR pod seen in the concept. This is set to enable future advanced driver assistance features.

    Compared to the Precept concept revealed in 2020 there are a few minor changes, including the location of the door handles and the rear-hinged rear doors, but the overall shape of the vehicle is retained.

    Located in the Midlands at the MIRA Technology Park, Polestar’s R&D facility will be focusing on the development of the Precept.

    There are currently 250 people working at this R&D facility with the goal of more than 500 in the future.

    “Precept is a statement of intent for the brand in terms of design, technology and sustainability,” says Pete Allen, Head of Polestar UK R&D. 

    “The production car will take an important step on the journey towards climate neutrality, and ours will be the team that delivers that.” 

    Polestar is still locked in for a November launch of its Polestar 2 all-electric liftback here in Australia.

    Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO, also confirmed to Car and Driver that the upcoming 2023 Polestar 3 SUV will be based on the next-generation Volvo XC90.

    Stay tuned to CarExpert for all the latest on Polestar in the coming months.

    MORE: 2023 Polestar 3 based on next-generation Volvo XC90

    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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