New Polestar 3 electric SUV could start from close to £70,000
Polestar is targeting a range of over 370 miles from its first electric SUV being unveiled in October
Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath has revealed that the brand’s first electric SUV will start from €75,000 in Europe, with the top-of-the-range version to come in at €110,000. If Polestar sticks to its current European pricing strategy for the zero-emissions Porsche Cayenne alternative, a starting figure of £70,000 in the UK seems likely, rising to just over £100,000 for the range-topping model. We’ll find out official pricing for the Polestar 3 when it's fully revealed in October, as order books for the Swedish Tesla Model X, Audi e-tron, Lotus Eletre and BMW iX rival are set to open on the day of its unveiling.
Not many specifics about the car’s mechanicals are known yet, 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.
The latest images of the large electric SUV reveal 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 frameless mirrors and flush door handles, plus an evolution of the brand’s signature ‘Thor’s Hammer’ headlights.
Another teaser image of the Polestar 3 (above) 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.
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.
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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