Geely’s daughter and Volvo’s sister Polestar has revealed the first entire picture of its Polestar 3, its first SUV. There’s also a date announced for the car’s world debut. It will be October 2022, the month when orders can also be taken. Production will start in early 2023.
Other information on the new Polestar is still scarce. The company reveals that the Polestar 3 will have a dual-motor drive and a large battery to achieve a WLTP range of over 600 kilometers at launch. Now it is clear that, as with the Polestar 2, the all-wheel-drive variant will be available first.
There is no information about the drive power, charging capacity, or battery size. However, given the size of the car and the targeted range, this has to be around 90 to 100 kWh. Instead, the Swedish-Chinese carmaker confirms that the Polestar 3 with lidar sensors from Luminar and Nvidia computers will also enable autonomous driving on the highway “over time”.
The first undisguised rendering shows Polestar 3 from the side. The front end is high and steep, but there are air outlets on the front hood, so the mighty front end will have air flowing through it to improve aerodynamics. Whether there is a frunk under the front hood is unclear from the picture.
Further back on the vehicle, the sideline rises sharply at the end of the rear doors, resulting in an extensive D-pillar. Something similar we’ve already seen on recent Volvo’s. A massive roof spoiler crowns the rear. The roofline drops slightly, but not as much as an SUV coupé.
The roof spoiler divides the rear window into two areas – a very flat area at the end of the roof and a steeper part below the roof spoiler. This must be a help for aerodynamics but not for rear visibility, as we’ve already seen with many modern cars of this size.
It has already been confirmed that the Polestar 3 will not have a third row of seats, but the technically related sister model, the successor to the Volvo XC90, will seat seven.
“Polestar 3 is the SUV for the electric age. Our design identity evolves with this high-end large luxury EV, with a strong, individual brand character,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO. “With this car, we bring the ‘sport’ back to the SUV, staying true to our performance roots.”
Production of the Polestar 3 is scheduled to begin in the US and China in early 2023. However, the manufacturer is not yet providing details on the vehicle’s price. Previously, the Polestar 3 was said to match the level of a Porsche Cayenne.
Polestar 5 coming
Polestar plans to launch three cars in the next three years, starting with Polestar 3. The next one, number 4, will be smaller and less expensive, but a luxurious sedan is now also lurking around the corner. Finally, the Polestar 5 will, at least visually, be narrowly based on the Precept concept car.
Polestar has previewed the final design of the Polestar 5 in a documentary series on YouTube. The electric four-door performance GT is scheduled for market launch by the end of 2024. However, the vehicle now shown remains very close to the Precept concept regarding the basic shape.
The proportions are more or less the same as the Precept, with a flat front and a curved roof arch. Only the rear appears somewhat flatter. The Precept’s doors, which open in opposite directions, will probably not make it into series production. The grey sedan shown in the film has door handles on the rear doors, suggesting a forward opening.
“With the Precept docu-series, we are deliberately doing something that car manufacturers don’t normally do: looking behind the scenes and transparently showing how we are turning this stunning concept car into reality,” says Ingenlath. “It makes me very proud to see how much of the concept car’s design has gone into the Polestar 5. A great achievement by our designers and engineers.”
By the end of 2023, Polestar wants to be present in at least 30 countries worldwide. By 2025, it wants to sell just under 300 000 cars, tenfold the sales figures for 2021 (± 29 000 units). This year, the plans to go IPO (in a SPAC or particular purpose acquisition company with Gores Guggenheim) on the Nasdaq remain valid.