Based on a shared platform with Volvo Cars, the Polestar 3 could become the brand’s biggest seller when it launches in 2023
The Polestar 3 is only a month off being unveiled in full, with the launch event for the electric manufacturer’s first SUV model taking place in Copenhagen on October 12.
Polestar says they have designed an SUV that “appeals to the senses with a distinct shape and excellent driving dynamics”.
The 3 is set to be available to order from the day of the launch in October, however Australians are likely to be able to get a Polestar 3 of their own from the later stages of 2023.
The Swedish manufacturer also produces the 2 sedan and will later bring a larger four door sedan to market to attack the Porsche Taycan.
An electric sports car, set to be called the Polestar 6, is in the works based upon the striking convertible Polestar 0² concept.
The Polestar 3 will be the brand’s first SUV and is a crucial model that will enter a popular and highly competitive automotive market.
Polestar claims that its 3 SUV will be able to travel up to 600km on a single charge and will feature a rear-biased dual motor setup.
The SUV will have electric torque vectoring along with standard adaptive dual-chamber air suspension for a more supple ride. This system can be adjusted from comfort to firm settings and can adjust the dampers according to the road surface every two milliseconds.
Polestar have said this is not just any SUV, instead framing it as an “electric performance SUV”.
Speaking of performance, those wanting to buy the 3 SUV will have the option of adding a performance pack, lifting outputs to 380kW/910Nm.
Polestar’s enhanced chassis tuning for the active dampers and air suspension will be included, also, along with gold details on the valve caps, interior light strip and seat belts – just like our former Chasing Cars Polestar 2 long-termer.
Standard base outputs have not yet been revealed, however this is expected to be announced in October.
It’s not known whether the base Polestar 3 will have a single-motor setup, and if so, whether that motor will be located at the rear (for RWD) or at the front (for FWD) – but the indication that the dual-motor version is “rear-biased” hints at a possible RWD entry model.
While it’s still unconfirmed for now, Polestar has said that its new SUV will have a large battery onboard – likely to be 80-100kWh in size.
The current Polestar 2 is available with either a 61kWh or 75kWh battery pack depending on whether the short or long range variant is chosen, so the Polestar 3 should easily clear the 100kWh mark.
The new Polestar 3 SUV will be built in both the United States and China, with Australia likely to receive the China-built cars.
Polestar aims to launch a new car every year for the next three years and increase its presence to at least 30 global markets by the end of 2023.
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