The Polestar 3, the apt third vehicle from the Swedish EV company, will be officially unveiled on October 12 at an event in Copenhagen, the company announced. Ahead of the launch, Polestar is teasing some new details about the all-electric SUV.
The Polestar 3 marks Polestar’s attempt to break into the highly competitive and highly lucrative US SUV market. When it comes out, it will fall into the premium category, putting it in competition with EVs like the Tesla Model X, Audi E-tron, Mercedes-Benz EQE, Rivian R1S and Fisker Ocean. Notably, the Polestar will be assembled at Volvo’s Charleston, South Carolina plant, distinguishing it as the company’s first EV to be made on U.S. soil.
The Polestar 3 looks set to be another demonstration of the bona fides company’s performance brand
The Polestar 3 looks set to be another demonstration of the company’s performance brand. It will come with a rearward twin-motor drivetrain with electric torque vectoring via a dual-clutch system on the rear electric motor. Adaptive dual-chamber air suspension and active dampers are standard, allowing the Polestar 3 to switch between comfort and firm suspension, while adapting to road conditions once every two milliseconds.
Polestar will offer an optional Performance Pack, which provides the Polestar 3 with 510 horsepower and 671 pound-feet of torque, along with Polestar Engineered chassis tuning for the active dampers and air suspension. (Polestar 2’s Performance Pack is included for an additional $5,500.) Polestar’s signature Swedish gold details have also been added, including valve caps, seat belts and a laser-etched interior light strip.
At launch, the Polestar 3 will feature a twin-motor drive and a large battery, with a range of more than 600 km. The Polestar 3 will be not only a higher-riding vehicle than the Polestar 2 fastback sedan, but also a partially autonomous driving system for highway driving. That’s thanks to the addition of a lidar sensor from supplier Luminar, which will also supply components for hands-free highway driving to Volvo, as well as Nvidia, which will provide the onboard computer hardware.
Volvo, which co-owns Polestar with parent company Geely, has said it will roll out a hands-free highway driving feature as part of its next major platform update, the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA2), which comes with the next-generation EX90 SUV. and the Polestar 3 in 2022.