First images of new Polestar 3 electric SUV released ahead of October reveal

Polestar is targeting a range of over 370 miles from its first electric SUV, which will be followed by a sporty coupe-SUV in 2023 and flagship Polestar 5 in 2024

Polestar 3

Polestar has provided us with another look at its first electric SUV and third model to go into production: the aptly named Polestar 3, which will be fully revealed in October.

The latest image reveals that the Polestar 3’s roofline gently slopes down towards the rear as it approaches the large spoiler sitting above the full-width ‘light blade’. The latter is one of many styling cues that have been carried over from the Polestar 2; others include the ‘Thor’s Hammer’ headlights, frameless mirrors and flush door handles.

A previous teaser image of the Polestar 3 showed the car featuring gold seatbelts, brake callipers and valve caps suggesting it’ll be offered with a Performance Pack, too. However, the Polestar 3 does feature some unique elements, such as an ‘S-Duct’ at the front and aerodynamic fins on the rear bumper.

Polestar 3

When it launches later in 2022, the Polestar 3 will take on the Tesla Model XAudi e-tron and BMW iX, and will reportedly be priced to compete with the Porsche Cayenne, with an expected starting figure of around €75,000 (roughly £63,000 at the time of writing). The brand also revealed that potential customers should be able to order their Poletstar 3 on the day of its unveiling.

There aren’t many specifics about the Polestar 3’s mechanicals either, but the company is targeting a range of over 373 miles (600 kilometres) from a charge. Performance should be impressive thanks to a dual-motor setup that’ll feature as standard on the Polestar 3 at launch, while the brand’s affinity with Ohlins suspension will likely result in a sophisticated setup in that department.

Other than that, details remain thin on the ground. Production of the Polestar 3 is due to begin in early 2023, with the large electric SUV being manufactured both in China and the US, alongside Volvos at the Swedish company’s Ridgeville plant in South Carolina. According to Polestar, the 3 is “intended to be one of the most climate-responsible cars ever made” and will in time offer an autonomous motorway driving system, similar to Tesla's AutoPilot.

Polestar’s largest car to date will be the first to use the SPA2 platform, which has been developed by its parent company Volvo to underpin larger cars. We reckon this means the Polestar 3 could approach the Volvo XC90 in terms of size, but that doesn’t mean they’ll share much resemblance in the styling department.

Polestar EV line-up

Following the Polestar 3’s debut later this year, the Swedish brand will launch a sporty coupe-SUV called the Polestar 4 in 2023 that’ll rival the Tesla Model Y and electric Porsche Macan. The Polestar 5 is then set to arrive in 2024, serving as Polestar’s answer to the luxury electric saloons like the Lucid Air, Tesla Model S and Mercedes EQS. Polestar has also toyed with the idea of a zero-emissions sports car, previewing a potential Tesla Roadster rival in the form of the drop-top O2 concept in March 2022.

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