Polestar 3 Electric SUV Makes its Global Debut
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Polestar 3 Makes its Global Debut

The all-new Polestar 3 is here — it’s the company’s first SUV, and it could just be the perfect new car for the electric age.

Swedish performance EV brand Polestar revealed its all-new “3” SUV earlier today, which combines a minimalistic, Scandinavian design purity with the key ingredients of a popular, mid-sized sport utility vehicle. Polestar says it’s, “defining the SUV for the electric age,” and we think it’s gorgeous.

“This car has been designed as a Polestar from the start and features new defining characteristics for us – like the dual blade headlights, SmartZone and front aero wing,” says CEO, Thomas Ingenlath.

‘Dual Blade’ Replaces ‘Thor’s Hammer’ in the Polestar Design Lexicon

The new Polestar launches with a dual-motor configuration and a power bias towards the rear. The standard car produces more than 480 HP and nearly 620 lb-ft of TQ. With the optional Performance Pack, the power gets bumped up to nearly 510 HP, with torque jumping up to 670 … and those were supercar numbers, the last time we checked!

“Our goal was to offer the performance and precision that define all Polestar cars, without compromising the comfort of the daily drive,” says Joakim Rydholm, Polestar’s chief chassis engineer. “To do this, we used new components like the adaptive air suspension to engineer the ‘Polestar feeling’ for this type of car.”

An adjustable, one-pedal drive mode with an electric Torque Vectoring Dual Clutch function on the rear axle (a system developed for the original, high-performance Polestar 1 PHEV) help the 3 achieve that familiar feeling.

Polestar Makes a Sensor Play for Autonomous Safety

Available to order from the second quarter of 2023, the optional Pilot Pack with LiDAR from Luminar will add an additional control unit from NVIDIA, three cameras, four ultrasonic sensors and cleaning for the front- and rear-view cameras, providing accurate real-time data about the car’s surroundings especially in the long-range field. This enables enhanced 3D scanning of the car’s surroundings in greater detail and helps prepare the car for autonomous driving.

The 3 is the first car out on a new all-electric technology base developed by and shared with Volvo Cars. Production for initial launch markets is planned to begin in Volvo Cars’ facility in Chengdu, China, in an incremental ramp-up phase that will include US production as early as mid-2023, with first deliveries expected in the fourth quarter of 2023.

“Polestar 3 is a powerful electric SUV that appeals to the senses with a distinct, Scandinavian design and excellent driving dynamics,” says Ingenlath. “It takes our manufacturing footprint to the next level, bringing Polestar production to the United States. We are proud and excited to expand our portfolio as we continue our rapid growth.”

SOURCE | IMAGES: POLESTAR.

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JO BORRAS (EIC)

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