Polestar 5: future pure-electric GT flagship previewed

New details revealed about the flagship Polestar 5; production version of the Precept prototype arrives in 2024 as a Tesla Model S and Mercedes EQS rival

New details about the 2024 Polestar 5 have been revealed. Currently being developed at Polestar’s R&D centre in the UK, the electric-only brand's luxury flagship model is due to arrive in 2024 and will rival cars like the Tesla Model SMercedes EQS and Porsche Taycan.

Only one image previewing the production version of 5 (above) has been released so far, but head of Polestar UK R&D, Pete Allen, has revealed some new details about the upcoming flagship to DrivingElectric. According to Allen, the styling of the Polestar 5 will be near-identical to the concept car’s: “We aim to deliver a car as close to the design conception of [Polestar CEO] Thomas Ingenlath,” he said.

Underneath, the Polestar 5 will use a bespoke bonded aluminium platform that’s also being developed in the UK. Along with the structural battery, the setup will provide “supercar levels of torsional rigidity,” according to Allen. This will help to offer “best-in-class vehicle dynamics”, which is a bold claim given that the car will be going head-to-head against BMW and Porsche’s own zero-emissions flagships.

As a result of the new materials and techniques Polestar is employing, the 5’s completed platform and body are expected to weigh less than those of cars in smaller segments. This is expected to benefit the car’s range, efficiency and driving dynamics, but Polestar has also reiterated its commitment to safety.

While we can see from the image released last year that the 5 will most likely feature more conventional doors than the striking 'coach doors' that appeared on the Precept concept, one element seen there that will reach production is the lack of rear window.

Instead, the car will feature a single-piece glass roof that flows back over the rear-seat passengers’ heads, behind which will be a solid panel. Polestar says this allows for greater boot space, although it remains to be seen how that will work in practice. Luggage space will also be bolstered by a ‘frunk’ under the bonnet.

If you’re concerned about visibility with that rear panel, don’t be. We expect the Polestar 5 will feature a live camera feed to a digital rear-view mirror, while Lidar sensors will also work with the car’s autonomous driving technology. Allen assured us that: “we have a technology answer to no rear screen”.

Polestar 5 range, charging and technology

No exact range or performance figures for the Polestar 5 have been released yet, but speaking previously to DrivingElectric in 2021, the company’s CEO Thomas Ingenlath explained that the brand's focus on sustainability will be reflected in its battery, which will most likely offer a range of around 300 miles: "If you're talking about making a car more efficient, that's great," he explained. "If you're talking about packing more and more kWh into the car to make the best range, it's crazy, because that doesn't help us get closer to making a sustainable car."

It's likely that the 5 will focus on faster charging speeds rather than a bigger battery that requires more precious elements to produce, although we’ve yet to hear any news on battery capacities. However, Allen did say a decision has been made on the power source for the launch models. There’s also enough flexibility in the platform to be able to accept different types of batteries through the car’s lifespan.

We expect the 5 to feature 800v rapid-charging technology, as used in the Audi e-tron GT and Porshce Taycan; Polestar claims a system like this could allow a 103kWh battery to charge to 80% capacity in around 20 minutes. Other Polestar technology likely to feature on the 5 includes a 595bhp rear electric motor with a two-speed gearbox, hinting at performance to match or beat rivals’.

The 5 is a low car with a unique suspension system, too. “It gives Thomas the low bonnet that he wants and helps with pedestrian protection,” said Allen.

Inside, the car is set to be as minimalist as the Precept concept that inspired it, with sustainable materials used throughout and a Google-powered infotainment system. The existing Polestar 2 coupe-SUV uses a similar Android-based system, while the Polestar 3 SUV that’s arriving later in 2022 will an updated version of it as well.

Quality will be another focus for the 5, as Polestar has claimed impressive quality stats for prototypes. The 5 will be built in a new factory in China.

While this will become Polestar’s flagship model when it arrives in 2024, the upcoming Tesla Model X-rivalling 3 SUV and the sportier 4 coupe-SUV that’ll launch in 2022 and 2023 respectively are expected to make up a greater proportion of sales for the Swedish EV brand.

Polestar Precept concept details and design

Aside from its striking exterior styling, the Precept concept car includes innovations in sustainable interior materials and HMI (human-machine interface). At the front, the grille has been replaced with a transparent panel called the 'Polestar SmartZone', which houses sensors for the car's driver-assistance and safety systems.

Above this, an integrated front wing accelerates air flow over the long bonnet, improving aerodynamic efficiency and thus range. At the rear, there's a full-width light blade, which extends at its edges into small 'aero wings' – another aerodynamic touch. As on the Honda e and certain versions of the Audi e-tron, conventional door mirrors are replaced by cameras feeding to screens at the edge of the dashboard, while a wide-angle camera on the rear of the car supplies the picture for the central rear-view screen.

Inside, a 3.1-metre long wheelbase ensures generous rear headroom and legroom. There's no separate rear window; the car's single-piece glass roof extends behind the rear seats. Between the rear headrests, the Polestar emblem floats holographically inside a solid piece of Swedish crystal. Several different types of sustainable materials are used for the interior, including flax-based composites for the panels and seatbacks, 3D-knitted recycled plastic bottles for the seat surfaces, recycled cork vinyl for the seat bolsters and headrests and reclaimed fishing nets for the carpets.

Like the Polestar 1 and Polestar 2 production models, the Precept uses an Android-based infotainment system. There's a 15-inch portrait-orientated central screen as well as a 12.5-inch screen in front of the driver, linked by an illuminated 'blade' that encompasses the whole interior. The system complements the usual touchscreen interface with eye-tracking and proximity sensors to allow hands-free manipulation of the menus.

According to Polestar's head of design Maximilian Missoni: "At Polestar, we see technology as an enabler, as a tool to solve our society’s problems and we translated this attitude into a new set of design principles. The combination of sustainable materials and high-tech smart systems opens an entirely new chapter of avant-garde luxury design and shows where Polestar is heading.”

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