- Long range and performance models
- Range up to 380 miles
- Starting at £79,845
The Polestar 3 is set to arrive in October, becoming the Swedish brand’s first SUV. Like the smaller Polestar 2, this new model will be all-electric, although thanks to a larger battery, it will offer a range of up to 380 miles. Newly released details online also reveal that the Polestar 3 will be available in both long range and performance – the latter providing even more power than the Tesla Model Y Performance.
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The Polestar 3 is set to start at £79,845 for the standard long-range configuration, with performance models costing around £5,500 more. Customer order books will open on October 12 – the same day the car is fully revealed – although production is not expected to begin until early 2023.
2023 Polestar 3: Design and Interior
While previous Polestar models have struggled to distinguish themselves visually from their Volvo siblings, the new Polestar 3 will adopt the brand’s latest design language. While we haven’t seen the all-new car yet, previously released images reveal a set of T-shaped headlights reminiscent of the brand’s Pole Star logo.
Like many electric cars, the Polestar 3 will have a sloping roofline and flush door handles to improve aerodynamic efficiency, while plastic body cladding along the wheel arches and doors creates a more solid all-wheel-drive look.
Polestar has yet to reveal the interior of the new 3 – expect it to be shown at a full reveal in October – however, the SUV is expected to use the same Google-based infotainment system as the Polestar 2. This consists of a picture-screen Elegant touch in the middle, with a set of digital instruments for the driver.
Engines, performance and range
Despite trying to differentiate itself from the Volvo brand, the Polestar 3 will use the same SPA2 platform as the next-generation Volvo XC90. Polestar hopes to make the 3 different when driving, emphasizing the sporty character with a modified suspension setup and more power.
Speaking of power, the new Polestar 3 will be offered in two forms: long-range and performance. The standard “long range model” uses a twin electric motor setup that produces 483 horsepower and gets the car from 0-62 mph in five seconds.
If that wasn’t fast enough, the Performance Model uses a tuned version of the same setup with a brutal 510bhp—more than the Tesla Model Y Performance. 0-62 mph takes just 4.7 seconds, while the Polestar 3 Performance will continue with a top speed of 130 mph.
Both cars will use identical 111 kWh battery packs (107 kWh usable), with the long-range model capable of traveling up to 380 miles on a single charge. Performance models will only be able to go 348 miles before needing to be plugged in, though that’s still a lot bigger than the equivalent Kia EV6 GT.
What does this mean for car buyers?
Starting at around £80,000, the Polestar 3 will be significantly more expensive than its main rivals Tesla and Kia when it goes on sale. However, Polestar is firmly positioning itself as a luxury brand, which means the 3 should offer a more aggressive interior than its competitors – namely Tesla, which is known for its often questionable build quality.
Electric SUVs are prevalent at the moment, so expect the Polestar 3 to sell well, despite its higher cost. This may or may not be a success for the brand, although the smaller Polestar 2 can never come close to matching the likes of the Tesla Model 3 in terms of sales.
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