The Polestar 3 electric performance SUV features a 111 kWh battery pack which is expected to provide a driving range of up to 379 miles.
With a dual-motor configuration and a power bias towards the rear, the standard car produces a total of 360 kW (489 hp) and 840 Nm of torque. With the optional Performance Pack, total output is 380 kW (517 hp) and 910 Nm. This results in a target 0-62 mph time of 5 seconds, or 4.7 seconds with the Performance Pack, and a top speed of 130mph.
The Polestar 3 can also charge at up to 250 kW, and has a braked towing capacity of 2,200 kg.
Adjustable one-pedal drive is included, as well as an electric Torque Vectoring Dual Clutch function on the rear axle – an evolution of what was first developed for Polestar 1. A decoupling function is also available for the rear electric motor, allowing the car to run only on the front electric motor to save energy under certain circumstances.
Dual-chamber air suspension is standard, allowing the Polestar 3 to adapt between comfort and dynamic suspension characteristics. The car can adjust its active damper velocity electronically once every two milliseconds.
The lithium-ion battery features liquid cooling and a heat pump is included as standard, helping the Polestar 3 utilise ambient heat for climate and battery pre-conditioning. The Polestar 3 is also equipped for bidirectional charging, enabling future potential for vehicle-to-grid and plug-and-charge capabilities.
Sustainable materials used inside the Polestar 3 include bio-attributed MicroTech, animal welfare-certified leather and fully traceable wool upholsteries.
In line with Polestar’s commitment to transparency on its manufacturing, emissions and material impact, a complete life-cycle assessment (LCA) will be completed on the Polestar 3 when production begins. Subsequent assessments will follow throughout its life cycle and work will continue to constantly find ways of reducing its carbon footprint.
Android Automotive OS is the in-car operating system, co-developed with Google and fronted by a 14.5-inch centre display. It is an evolution of the technology first launched in Polestar 2 – the first car in the world with Google built-in – and a revolution of functionality and design for the large SUV segment. Over-the-air (OTA) updates are included to allow for continuous software improvement and the introduction of new features without the need to visit a service point.
All versions include air suspension, a full-length panoramic glass roof, all-LED lighting inside and out, retractable door handles with proximity sensing, and 21-inch alloy wheels.
The Plus Pack and Pilot Pack are fitted as standard for the first model year and include a raft of premium, luxury and convenience features such as a 25-speaker audio system from Bowers & Wilkins with 3D surround sound and Dolby Atmos capability, soft-closing doors, a head-up display and Pilot Assist.
The optional Performance Pack (£5,600) includes the maximum power and torque output (380 kW, 517hp and 910 Nm), along with performance optimisation for the air suspension, unique 22-inch forged alloy wheels and additional signature ‘Swedish gold’ details.
Polestar 3 is the first car 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, from mid-2023, with first deliveries expected in the fourth quarter of 2023.
Additional manufacturing at Volvo Cars’ South Carolina facility in the United States, is expected to follow towards the middle of 2024 – from which point supply to North American and other markets is planned to switch from China to the US. Initial deliveries from this factory are expected around the middle of 2024.
At launch, the Polestar 3 Long Range Dual Motor (360 kW, 489hp, 840 Nm) is available with an indicative launch price of £79,900.