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Polestar dispels rumors about servicing their vehicles

Polestar recently cleared up a rumor regarding service.

Photo courtesy of Polestar, Twitter

A recent Twitter conversation between users and electric vehicle enthusiasts brought up a rumor that Polestar will require its vehicles to be serviced only at locations in New York City, San Francisco, or Los Angeles. Polestar was quick to respond.

Before we get to that response, some background. Polestar is owned by Volvo and Geely, a company based in China that also holds ownership stakes in Volvo and Lotus. In June 2017, Volvo announced Polestar would move to become a high-end electric performance car brand, complete with its own badging.

The company has introduced its Polestar 1 and Polestar 2 cars. Recently, the Polestar Precept concept car made news for its sustainable and tech-forward construction.

Now, back to that service situation.

According to Polestar, in the U.S. and Canada, Polestar cars will be serviced by Polestar Authorized Service Points. These locations may include Volvo workshops.

If your vehicle needs service, it can be picked up and delivered to a service station free of charge during the first four years/50,000 miles of ownership. The company will also give you a loaner vehicle to use in the interim.

There is a catch, however. The pickup and delivery service has a mileage limit. According to their response on Twitter, "If you live outside of the 150 mile range you will still be able to utilize the pick-up and delivery option, but you will be charged an additional fee."

Polestar current has locations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City. On May 6, the company announced plans to expand their footprint to Texas; Boston, Massachusetts; Denver, Colorado; Washington D.C.; and Florida. As part of that announcement, Polestar said, "The home delivery option and range will remain in place as future Spaces open, offering even more access to those in other areas of the country."

U.S. deliveries of Polestar cars is slated to begin in September 2020.

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The design study gives customers an idea of what to expect out of the next-gen QX60

Photo courtesy of Infiniti Motors

It’s not the next-gen Infiniti QX60, but it is darn close. The Infiniti QX60 Monograph is a concept car and design study of the forthcoming new version of the three-row SUV.

"We commenced the design of the Monograph knowing this was an opportune time to start a discussion about where we are planning to take the QX60 in the future and more broadly, where we are heading as a brand with our design language'" said Alfonso Albaisa, senior vice president, Global Design, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.

Infiniti QX60 Monograph Slim headlights and an athletic stance make the face of the SUV unique.Photo courtesy of Infiniti Motors

Consider it a detailed plan. Even Infiniti itself is relaying that the QX60 Monograph “provides tangible insight” into the new model from proportions to design elements. With the new QX60, Infiniti looks to not break the mold, which their buyers love, but instead refine what customers expect.

"In crafting this Monograph, we wanted to change the tonality of the QX60 and transform the nameplate from a sculptural and architectural point of view. We raised the visual center of gravity, giving it a strong, straight shoulder line that carries through to the hood, with a higher, more prominent grille, and longer-looking cabin to deliver a sense of muscularity and a commanding presence" Albaisa said.

The QX60 Monograph is more muscular than the current QX60, with distinctive athletic styling that sets it apart from the usual SUV crowd and gives it its own Infiniti identity. A long wheelbase, teardrop-like greenhouse, and sweeping lines give the SUV a new profile. A horizontal window line and wide backside are designed to give the concept a sense of poise and stability.

Infiniti QX60 Monograph The SUV’s grille features a fresh design.Photo courtesy of Infiniti Motors

Infiniti is showcasing the QX60 Monograph with a platinum plant color that mimics the qualities of liquid metal. It features a black roof that is on-trend for the current design environment. On top of the car is a panoramic roof that features a “kimono fold” pattern.

"The QX60 Monograph embodies the Japanese concept of 'Ma,' a sense of minimalism where designers seek harmony, adding just the right amount of elements with very specific meaning to create something special. This is evident on the body, where at a glance it is simple, but when you get closer, you see that there are elements that are playing against each other in a sense of harmony." Albaisa explains.

At the front of the SUV is a new take on the traditional Infiniti grille - a two dimensional surface that projects a sense of three-dimensional depth. It’s a mesh pattern that repeats on the car’s side intakes.

Infiniti QX60 Monograph Infiniti has given the SUV a black roof.Photo courtesy of Infiniti Motors

Infiniti calls the lighting at the front and rear of the SUV “Digital Piano Key” technology saying that it projects a “futuristic appearance”. The taillights are tinted and appear to wrap around the sides of the vehicle. The lamps are accompanied by a glowing “infinite road” brand emblem.

Infiniti QX60 Monograph The model’s taillights appear to wrap around the vehicle.Photo courtesy of Infiniti Motors

The interior of the model was not shown and not detailed as part of this design study. It is expected that a thoroughly modern, new interior is on tap for the next-gen QX60.

The production version of the next generation QX60 is expected in 2021.

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