Once closely related to Volvo, the Polestar brand has gone on a more independent path, producing electric cars for future generations.
After the Polestar 1 and 2, the expectations are immense for the new Polestar 3, which is expected to be available in October this year.
Polestar 3 is getting into a highly competitive market – the electric SUV niche, and it does so with high ambitions.
Namely, for the American market, the Polestar 3 will be built in Volvo’s factory in Ridgeville, South Carolina, which shows the dedication to being a competitive rival in the segment.
With lots to expect for the launch in October this year, we have gathered valuable information regarding the Polestar 3 in this article.
Learn about everything we know so far about the Polestar 3 in this up-to-date news piece.
- July 1: 2022: Small minor corrections.
- June 20, 2022: Added related link to the Polestar 4 news piece and other small edits.
- June 17, 2022: Initial release of the article.
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Polestar 3 Release Date
Polestar has confirmed that they will launch the Polestar 3 in October 2022 and will start accepting orders from the first day of the launch.
The car will not come with all the available technology initially; things like autonomous highway piloting will be available later, presumable through a software update.
The production of the Polestar 3 is expected to start at the beginning of 2023.
It is unclear if everyone will be able to get their hands on the car so early as Hertz has made an order of over 65,000 Polestar EVs, in which Polestar 3 may be part of the fleet.
Polestar 3 Price
There is no official price for the upcoming Polestar 3, but the CEO of Polestar, Thomas Ingenlath, has given some hints about how much the Polestar 3 will cost.
Namely, he has mentioned that they aim to compete with Porsche, and more specifically, the Porsche Cayenne will compete with the Polestar 3.
If we go by that, the cost of Polestar3 will have a base price of around $70,000 to $80,000 as the Cayenne and Cayenne Coupé price tag is in the same price range albeit not being electric.
Polestar 3 Specs
Polestar has been generous regarding information about the drivetrain and range, together with a few curious facts, but that is about it.
Polestar’s latest press release confirmed it will come with a “best-in-class” LiDAR sensor from Luminar and a large battery enabling a range of 372 miles (WLTP).
The first batches of Polestar 3 will be available with a dual-motor drivetrain; however, a single motor option, presumably front-wheel drive will be available in the future.
The Polestar will not be offered as a seven-seater like the sister car XC90 from Volvo; however, the Polestar 3 will be built on a new platform, SPA2, which will be shared with the next-gen XC90.
The infotainment will be run by next-generation Snapdragon hardware, which will power Google’s operating system.
No numbers except the range have been officially unveiled. Besides a large battery and a range of 372 miles, predicting how fast the car is, the power output and torque can only be speculated about.
Considering that the Polestar 3 is aiming to be a competitor of the premium electric SUV segment, it will make sense that the numbers will be close to the competitors.
If we take a relatively new electric SUV, the BMW iX, which has a similar range to the Polestar 3, we may expect similar performance, such as a 0-60 time in under five seconds.
If we go with the same logic, the Polestar 3 should have at least 500 horsepower with a torque of 700 and more.
This applies to the first Polestar 3 with two motors and compares to the BMW iX xDrive 50. With time, a less powerful Polestar 3 will be released, as stated by Polestar’s CEO.
Polestar 3 Design
While there is an official picture of the Polestar 3 on Polestar’s website, it only shows the exterior of the car.
It shows an SUV with several details that puts the “sport” in Sport Utility Vehicle with its roofline that slightly slopes, with a back spoiler on the top.
This design was probably chosen to increase the cargo space as the roofline is not sloped to that extent as a BMW X6, Audi Sportback Coupé, or a Porsche Cayenne Coupé.
The characteristically designed “Thor headlights”, shared with Volvo, are also there, while the rear comes with a taillight bar.
The exterior design does have lots of common ground with the Polestar Precept, which Maximilian Missoni, the chief of design at Polestar, said will be the case for many design features.
This makes it easier to imagine how the interior of the Polestar 3 will look. As of now, there are no official images of the interior design.
The design will likely be similar to the Polestar Precept with a central, vertically aligned screen in addition to the screen behind the steering wheel.
Polestar 3 News
As the official debut is just around the corner (October this year), most of the information will be known then.
While more details and teases may come until then, it is more seen as less likely.
Nevertheless, if something new and exciting comes up, you can be sure that we will write about it!