The Polestar 4 electric ‘SUV coupé’ is now on sale in the UK, with an expected driving range of up to 378 miles, pricing from £59,990, and no rear window. The Polestar 4 is positioned between the Polestar 2 and Polestar 3 in terms of size and price, and first deliveries are expected from August 2024.
There will be two models, the Polestar 4 Long range Single motor, with rear-wheel drive, from £59,990, and the Long range Dual motor, from £66,990.
Both Polestar 4 long-range versions feature a 100 kWh battery. The Long range Dual motor has a power output of 400 kW (544 hp), torque of 686 Nm, a 0-62 mph acceleration time of 3.8 seconds, and a preliminary range target of up to 360 miles WLTP. A disconnect clutch allows the car to disengage the front electric motor when not needed, to maximise range and efficiency.
The Long range Single motor version features a 200 kW (272 hp) and 343 Nm motor at the rear, and preliminary range target of up to 378 miles WLTP.
Both versions can charge at up to 200 kW DC and 22 kW AC. Bi-directional charging hardware is included, with vehicle-to-load (V2L) functionality planned to be made available at a later date, allowing for external devices to draw power from the car. A heat pump is fitted as standard, allowing the car to use ambient heat when preconditioning the cabin and battery.
Unlike the Polestar 2, and falling in line with virtually all other EVs, the Polestar 4 gains the ability for the driver to choose between Range (when the EV operates only in rear-wheel drive) or Performance (all-wheel drive) driving modes, but the option of driving modes is only found in the Long range Dual motor version. The Long range Dual motor version also features semi-active suspension.
The Polestar 4 is a D-segment SUV coupé with an overall length of 4,840 mm and wheels ranging from 20 to 22-inches in size. One item of big design news about the Polestar 4 is that it doesn’t have a rear window, which the company says enables a “new kind of immersive rear occupant experience”. The rear-view mirror is replaced by a high-definition screen that shows a real-time wide-angle feed from a roof-mounted rear camera. The standard full-length glass roof stretches beyond the rear occupants’ heads.
The company says that the Polestar 4 has the lowest carbon footprint of all its cars at launch. The Polestar 4 Long range Single motor version has a cradle-to-gate carbon footprint of 19.9 tCO2e, while the Long range Dual motor has one of 21.4 tCO2e. Aluminium represents 22.4-24% of the carbon footprint, while steel and iron constitute 20%, with battery modules accounting for the highest share of the carbon footprint of materials production and refining, at 36-40%.
A mono-material approach, first seen in the Polestar electric roadster concept in 2022, is applied to interior materials, where all layers of certain components are produced from the same base material. This allows them to be recycled more effectively and efficiently by eliminating the need for incompatible materials to be separated before recycling.