Polestar has fully unveiled its stylish new all-electric SUV. The premium electric car maker co-owned by Volvo gave us a teaser image last month, but now we know its first SUV has luxurious good looks and plenty of range, but it’ll be an expensive vehicle when it hits the road in 2023.
The Polestar is an all-electric 5-seater EV that produces up to 517hp and 671 lb-ft torque and will be manufacturered in the United States and one other continent. It starts at $83,900, even though Polestar says the starting package is “loaded” with standard equipment and style.
Here’s what Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath had to say:
“Polestar 3 is a powerful, design-led electric performance SUV that appeals to the senses with a distinct shape while providing excellent driving dynamics. We had to ask ourselves: ‘what should a modern SUV look like?’ Polestar 3 defines the SUV for the electric age, and in designing it, we addressed some of the fundamentals of the archetype: proportions, stance, and aerodynamics.”
This release is a big step for the brand. Not only is it the first SUV from the company, but Polestar will assemble the 3 at Volvo’s factory in Charleston, South Carolina. This means part of it could qualify for federal EV tax credits. Well, if the company releases a more affordable variant at some point.
As for the specs and features, the base dual-motor Polestar 3 offers around 300 miles of range on a single charge, although a long-range model will also be capable of upwards of 373 miles. Polestar claims a 0-62MPH time of 5 seconds from the 483HP dual motor system, a 130MPH top speed, and 250kW fast charging support.
For the first model year, which begins shipping in 2023, all models come with an upgraded 25-speaker audio system from Bowers & Wilkins with Dolby Atmos capability, soft-closing doors, heated steering wheels, an electric steering column, a heads-up display, Pilot Assist driver package, and other goodies. Basically, you’re getting all of the bells and whistles.
The SUV’s OS is Android Automotive on the 14-inch infotainment display you’ll find inside its luxurious interior, which runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Cockpit Platform. The Polestar 3 is also one of the first vehicles with NVIDIA’s DRIVE core computer system.
As you can see, this is a high-end vehicle that will likely take on electric SUVs like the Tesla Model X, Mercedes-Benz EQE, and the bigger Rivian R1S. I don’t know about you guys, but I think the Polestar 3 looks great from the outside. Either way, this is a powerful performance SUV, and you can pre-order your own right now. Then, the company plans to release a follow-up SUV late next year or in early 2024 with the Polestar 4 that will hopefully be more affordable.