New Polestar 3 electric SUV to be unveiled on 12 October

Specs for Polestar’s first SUV have surfaced online, with the Tesla Model X rival boasting a 380-mile range and £79,845 starting price

Polestar 3 teaser

The all-new Polestar 3 will be fully revealed on 12 October, with prices for the Swedish brand’s aptly named third model and its first electric SUV, to start from £79,845.

UK pricing and specifications for the Polestar 3 surfaced online earlier this month on industry vehicle valuation body CAP HPI. It shows that two versions will be available at launch; the entry-level car will be badged Polestar 3 Long Range, while those equipped with the Performance Pack are priced from £85,445. 

Both models will use a 111kWh (107kWh usable) battery, with a range of 380 and 348 miles respectively. The standard car looks to get 483bhp and a five-second 0-62mph time, but the Performance Pack bumps power to 510bhp, with 910Nm of torque – simultaneously slashing the sprint from a standstill to 4.7 seconds. Both cars have a 130mph maximum speed.

Polestar 3

At launch, all versions of the Polestar 3 will feature a rear-biased dual-motor powertrain, plus torque vectoring, adaptive air suspension and active dampers as standard. In fact, Polestar says the suspension and dampers on its “electric performance SUV” can make adjustments based on road conditions once every two milliseconds.

Numbers revealed via CAP also suggest a maximum charging speed of 250kW, meaning a 10-80% charge should be possible in 30 minutes – providing a range of more than 300 miles in the Polestar 3 Long Range. A full charge from an 11kW charging-point will take 11 hours, but expect a normal 7.4kW home wallbox to do the same job in around 15 hours.

In addition to the performance, range and charging figures, the CAP data also shows that the Polestar 3 will get a 484-litre boot, or 1,411 litres with the rear seats folded down. 

Some specs for the Polestar 3 have also been revealed, with every car getting a 14.5-inch digital instrument cluster and a nine-inch infotainment display. It looks like even the basic model will boast a Bowers and Wilkins stereo, panoramic roof, 21-inch rims and three-zone climate control, plus LED lights, heated front and rear seats and even soft-close doors – a feature usually reserved for range-topping luxury cars.

The Performance Pack will focus mainly on power upgrades and tweaks to the chassis and suspension, plus visual differences carried over from the Polestar 2 like larger 22-inch alloy wheels, gold-coloured valve caps, and gold seatbelts. Four-piston Brembo brakes also feature on the Polestar 3 Performance Pack.

Polestar 3

We’ve all but seen the car in full now, following a number of teaser images drip-fed over the past few months. The most recent of these shows a rear angle, showing that the Polestar 3’s roofline will slope gently 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. However, the Polestar 3 does feature some unique elements, such as an ‘S-Duct’ at the front and aerodynamic fins on the rear bumper.

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 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 electric cars, including its zero-emissions successor to the much-loved XC90 being unveiled in November 2022. At exactly 4.9m long, the Polestar 3 is 53mm shorter than the current Volvo XC90, as well as being a little lower and wider.

Polestar EV line-up

Rivals for the Polestar 3 stretch far and wide, from the Tesla Model X and Audi e-tron, to the Lotus Eletre and BMW iX. Orders for the Polestar are set to open on the same day the car makes its official debut on 12 October.

Following the Polestar 3’s debut, the Swedish brand will launch a sporty coupe-SUV called the Polestar 4 in 2023 that’ll rival the Tesla Model Y and the 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

Sometime after that, most likely in 2026, the drop-top Polestar 6 will go into production. The road-going version of the stunning Polestar O2 concept will use the same bonded aluminium platform and 872bhp dual-motor powertrain as the Polestar 5 currently being developed in the UK. No other details have been revealed, but the first 500 examples of the Swedish Tesla Roadster rival are spoken for already.

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