Here’s what we know so far about the Swedish-engineered, American-built SUV in question.
The race to achieve carbon neutrality has being stepped up. You can expect the long-anticipated Polestar 3 to be unleashed on a climate-conscious customer base in Gothenburg, and we’ve got all the thrilling details.
This is Polestar’s first-ever SUV, and they’ve done their homework. The Polestar 3 will be the first Polestar car to be produced in the United States, at the Volvo Cars facility in Charleston, South Carolina, which refers to the United States as “no longer an export market, but a home market.” Because of this, the 3’s pricing will be in line with its competitors’ and delivery times will be reduced.
POLESTAR 3: SPECS
- Release date: TBA (Q1 2023 rumored)
- Price: TBA
- Power: TBA
- Battery range: 372 miles
- 0to 60 mph: TBA
- Smarts: Luminar LIDAR, semi-autonomous highway piloting, NVIDIA computing power
“We are not a theoretical business waiting to develop factories and sell vehicles; we are a genuine company actively making and selling automobiles throughout the world,” Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath said at the reveal(opens in new tab) event in New York. We are going to construct in the United States for the people of the United States.” We’re curious to see where that shade is headed.
The cost and availability of the Polestar 3
Until far, Polestar has only offered a few glimpses of their next SUV. However, the car’s global premiere in October 2022 has been announced, and that’s where we’ll likely learn everything we need to know.
The Polestar 3 and Volvo XC90 are expected to begin manufacturing this year, with a speculated Q1 2023 sale date for both vehicles.
Right now, we have no idea how much the automobile will cost. Starting at $45,900, the Polestar 2’s starting price may not be all that useful. The Polestar 3 is expected to be more costly because it is bigger. Even yet, the manufacturer has stated that assembling in America will help keep prices down.
Polestar, on the other hand, will have to match or lower its competitors’ prices if it wants to remain competitive. Even if Tesla’s Model X costs $104,990, it should be simple enough to undercut it. If you’re comparing the Model Y to a full-fledged SUV, the $58,990 price tag on the Model Y doesn’t seem like a fair comparison.
The $69,990 Jaguar I-Pace, the $83,200 BMW iX, and the $43,895 Mustang Mach-E are also prominent contenders in the SUV market. Though the Polestar 3 is expected to fall somewhere in this bracket, we won’t know for sure until the carmaker makes an official announcement.
The inside and exterior design of Polestar 3
According to Polestar, “the 3 will define the design of utility vehicles in the electric era.” They may have a point based on what we’ve seen thus far. It’s already clear that the Polestar 3 and Polestar 5 are connected, despite Polestar’s claims that the Precept idea is the foundation of the Polestar 5.
The Polestar 3 appears sharper, sportier, and more unique than the Volvo XC90 from the two shrouded photographs we’ve seen so far. However, it’s fantastic to have an alternative to the Model X in the aesthetics category. Until Polestar removes the camouflage, we’ll have to keep waiting.
The inside of the Polestar 3 has yet to be revealed. There are some hints to be found in the Precept and the new Volvo Concept Recharge, though.
Our expectations are that Google’s Android Automotive operating system and the 15-inch tablet screen will make a reappearance in 2015. NVIDIA’s computing platform is at the very least expected to be present. It’s possible that Polestar may use this gear for purposes other than autonomous driving, even if it’s included largely to support such functions.
In the future, someone will follow Tesla’s lead and provide AAA gaming while the vehicle is parked.
There’s extra room in the Polestar 3’s cabin because to its use of Volvo’s brand new SPA2 platform, which is also shared by the forthcoming electric version of the XC90. Wouldn’t it be nice if long travels could be made more bearable?
When it comes to the seats themselves, we’d want to see something between the embossed WeaveTech of the Polestar 2 and the 3D-knit fabric of the Precept. This is what we’ve come to expect from Polestar: a high degree of luxury.
However, you’ll only have room for five persons in the vehicle. Definitely a five-seater, thanks to Polestar. If you want seven, you’ll have to go to Volvo.
Tesla’s third-generation electric vehicle: battery, range, and charging
Polestar has kept a lot of details under wraps, including the battery capacity and charging time, which is starting to seem like a trend. The Polestar 3 is expected to have a WLTP range of 372 miles, according to early estimations.
Europe uses the WLTP standard, which results in greater range values than the EPA’s. In order to know how much of a change there will be, it’s hard to predict exactly how much. However, the Polestar 3 was previously supposed to have a range of 310 miles, so anticipate something in that ballpark when it launches.
Rumored ranges for the Polestar 2 and BMW iX are 245 and 257 miles, respectively, while Tesla’s 348 mile range is the most ambitious, but is still within reach for these three vehicles’ batteries.
Polestar 2 can charge from 0% to 80% in about 40 minutes using a 120kW quick charging station, but we don’t know anything about the Polestar 3. (according to Polestar). A rise in maximum charging speed would be welcomed, especially since many new automobiles are capable of handling power up to 350 kW.
The new Polestar 3 is a powerhouse of a car.
Currently, we expect the Polestar 3 will provide all-wheel drive with a dual-motor system and a single-motor system. Although no official information has been released, we expect the Polestar 3 to have a 0-60 mph speed in the 4-5 second range if it wants to compete with its most direct competitors.
With its larger size, the Polestar 3’s battery packs may need to be closer to the Tesla’s 100kWh capacity in order to move all that weight.
However, they have a good probability of succeeding. When the small-batch Polestar 1 was first released in 2011, it had the longest electric-only range of any hybrid.
Third-generation autonomous vehicle, Polestar 3
One thing is for sure about the Polestar 3, as the Swedes have made it the centrepiece of their marketing campaign. Volvo’s Highway Pilot system in Polestar’s SUV will allow semi-autonomous driving thanks to NVIDIA and SmartZone sensors on the vehicle’s front, back, and sides.
As with GM’s SuperCruise system, the driver can withdraw their hands from the wheel at specific points—provided their focus stays firmly on the road ahead.
Only when the car determines it is “safe to do so” can the Volvo system be used on the highway. Even though we’re still a long way from really autonomous automobiles, this is a significant milestone.
The system is powered by a “best-in-class LiDAR sensor” and “centralised NVIDIA computer capability,” according to Polestar’s description. Although this function will be available “in the future,” it will be rolled out incrementally over time, just as Tesla’s driver assistance systems.
With the exception of this major disclosure, nothing is known about the vehicle’s other amazing, intriguing, and perhaps futuristic capabilities, which are described only as “industry-leading connection features” and “high-end, safety-focused autonomous driving technologies.”
The outlook for Polestar 3
A discreet research, development, and expansion effort has been underway at Polestar since the company’s humble beginnings in the EV market in 2017. The rapidly-expanding firm hopes to sell ten times as much by 2025 as they did in 2021, when they sold 29,000 units worldwide.
How? The company intends to enter “at least 30 worldwide markets by 2023” by introducing a new automobile every year for the following three years. The newest chapter of this ambitious, underdog narrative begins with the Polestar 3: a performance electric vehicle made in the United States for the United States. Take notice, competitors. Polestar has escaped from Volvo’s clutches and is on the attack.