The new Polestar 3 will make its official debut this October, with the company predicting an electric range of “over 600 km.”
First announced with a silhouette image one year ago, the Polestar 3 will be the Swedish brand’s first SUV as well as its first production model to be manufactured in both North America and China. The 3 will roll out of the same Ridgeville plant in South Carolina at which the next generation of sister company Volvo’s XC90 will also be built.
Interested customers will be able to place their orders for the SUV on the same day as its premiere in October, though an exact date has not yet been specified.
Alongside the announcement, Polestar has also revealed the first undisguised image of the SUV, which offers a clearer view of the T-shaped headlamps, thin blanked-off front grille and sloping bonnet depicted of first the teaser image shared in December. The 3 is set to share the same Volvo Group ‘SPA2’ platform as the XC90, though the former will be more performance-orientated…
“Polestar 3 is the SUV for the electric age,” Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath states. “Our design identity evolves with this high-end large luxury EV, with a strong, individual brand character. “With this car, we bring the ‘sport’ back to the SUV, staying true to our performance roots.”
Though Polestar has not yet confirmed full drivetrain details, the 3 will run essentially the same dual-electric motor setup as the Polestar 2, albeit with more power: the ‘Long range’ edition of the 2 produces 408 hp and 487 lb-ft of torque, though some reports online have suggested the 3 could feature as much as 600 hp. Similarly, “the large battery,” capable of producing “over 600 km” of electric range, is expected to be of a higher density than either the 69 kWh or 78 kWh example used on the Polestar 2.
The imminent arrival of the Polestar 3 is the latest development in a period of rapid growth of the Swedish electric brand, which, plans to launch two further new models over the next two years in a bid to increase its reach to “at least 30 global markets” before 2024. These two models, teased last September, are expected to be another, larger performance SUV – the 4 – and the long-awaited, Polestar 5 that will rival Tesla’s Model S and Audi’s E-Tron GT.
Ambitiously, Polestar also plans to increase its global sales ten-fold from 29,000 in 2021 to approximately 290,000 by the end of 2025, ahead of the targeted launch of a “truly carbon-neutral” car by 2030.
“This is a major milestone for our company, one that boosts our growth trajectory and takes us into our next phase,” Ingenlath concludes.