Three new Polestar electric cars to launch by 2024
The Polestar 3 large SUV will be followed by a sporty coupe-SUV called the Polestar 4 in 2023 and a production version of the Precept saloon in 2024
Polestar has confirmed it’ll introduce three new models to its line-up of electric cars by 2024, including its first SUV and a production version of the Precept saloon that we saw in the metal for the first time earlier in 2021.
The first of the Swedish brand’s new trio is the Polestar 3, which will take on the Tesla Model X, Audi e-tron and BMW iX when it arrives in 2022. It’ll reportedly be priced to compete with the Porsche Cayenne, with an expected starting figure of around €75,000 (£64,000).
Polestar is naming its cars in the order they're launched, not in order of size. So the Polestar 4, which will follow in 2023, will be a sporty coupe-SUV sitting below the Polestar 3 in the range. It's likely to rival the forthcoming electric Porsche Macan and Tesla Model Y, among others.
Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath indicated that a starting price of €45,000 for the 4 will be achievable in time, which would likely result in a roughly £40,000 price tag when it comes to the UK – just £100 more than the current starting price for the Polestar 2.
“Like with the Polestar 2, we don’t want to make the Polestar brand not affordable for a big, big part of the population, so for that reason we have a second SUV in the pipeline,” said Ingenlath.
Finally, 2024 will see the unveiling of the production version of the Polestar Precept concept, which is set to be named the Polestar 5. The first examples of the electric flagship saloon will hit the road in 2025; it’ll rival the Mercedes EQS, Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S.
Both the Polestar 3 and 5 will use the new SPA2 mechanical platform, which has been designed to underpin mid-size and flagship electric models from both Polestar and its fellow Geely Group brand Volvo. However, the Polestar 4 will be based on Geely’s PMA (Pure-electric Modular Architecture) platform.
Other than launch dates and the handful of details above, Polestar hasn't released any further information about its upcoming models. The brand is looking to significantly grow its sales, from around 29,000 vehicles in 2021 to date, to 290,000 globally by 2025, with the Polestar 4 expected to make up a sizable amount of those gains.
Polestar 3 details and styling
The Polestar 3 will be manufactured in South Carolina in the US, alongside Volvos at the Swedish company's Ridgeville plant in the southern state.
Sporting styling inspired by the Polestar Precept concept that was set to be revealed at the cancelled 2020 Geneva Motor Show, the 3 will follow on from the Polestar 2 crossover and Polestar 1 coupe, albeit with styling that’s not as familiar.
Polestar design director Max Missoni has previously suggested that the car will introduce a fresh design direction for the company. “[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; it’ll be fully electric, with a range of over 300 miles 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 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 will 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.
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