New Polestar 3 electric SUV to be unveiled in October 2022

Polestar’s large electric SUV will be followed by a sporty coupe-SUV called the Polestar 4 in 2023 and the flagship Polestar 5 saloon in 2024

Polestar 3

Polestar has revealed that its first pure-electric SUV, and its third model to go into production, the Polestar 3, will be revealed in October 2022. 

When it launches later this year, 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.

Other than that, however, details remain thin on the ground regarding the “electric performance SUV” as Polestar calls it. We do know that the Polestar 3 will be manufactured both in China and in South Carolina in the US, alongside Volvos at the Swedish company's Ridgeville plant. 

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, likely similar to Tesla's AutoPilot system. The heavily camouflaged model shown in the teaser image doesn’t reveal a great deal of styling detail, except that the front grille shares some cues with the Polestar 2 coupe-SUV and Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid performance car, as well as the Polestar Precept concept that'll give rise to the Polestar 5.

Polestar 3

However, Polestar design director Max Missoni has previously suggested that the car will introduce a fresh design direction for the company. Missoni said: “[The Polestar 3] will be a high-performance SUV that's a different car in its bodystyle, but I would say the Precept serves as a precursor to the design language that you will see in that car,” he said.

There’s not a lot of information about the Polestar 3’s mechanicals yet, but we expect a range of well over 300 miles on a full battery is likely. Performance will be impressive, while the brand’s affinity with Ohlins suspension will likely result in a sophisticated setup in that department. Polestar’s largest car to date will be the first to use the SPA2 platform, developed by its parent company Volvo to underpin its larger cars. We reckon this means the Polestar 3 could approach the Volvo XC90 in terms of size.

“The Polestar 3 will be a coupe-style SUV and it’s not our plan to do a re-skinned XC90 or anything like that,” Polestar chief operating officer Johnathan Goodman has said. “The XC90 is very much a Volvo car; the Polestar 3 will be about driveability, it’ll be about design and about offering something different."

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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