- New Polestar 3 revealed: price, specs and release date
New Polestar 3 revealed: price, specs and release date
Polestar has launched the new Polestar 3 electric SUV.
The Polestar 3 is the Swedish company’s first electric SUV and looks set to be one of the most eagerly anticipated new cars of 2022. It will also be one of the best electric cars for range, with Polestar claiming its new EV will cover up to 373 miles on a full battery charge. The Polestar 3 goes on sale in October and joins the 1 and the 2 in Polestar’s family of premium electric cars.
New Polestar 3 price and release date
The Polestar 3 SUV will go on sale in October 2022 and the first new car deliveries will most likely start in early 2023. Polestar hasn't released any pricing details for its new all-electric SUV but the model line-up is expected to start in the region of £60,000, which means it will not qualify for the electric car grant.
Details on the Polestar 3's battery capacity and power outputs are thin on the ground; however, we expect the Polestar 3 to be launched with four-wheel drive only. High-performance models will be capable of covering 0-62mph in under five seconds but shall be electronically restricted to 155mph, which means high-spec versions of the Polestar 3 will rival Tesla.
New Polestar 3 styling
The Polestar 3 SUV takes a lot of its styling cues from the Polestar 2, with ‘Thor hammer’ LED headlights, short overhangs and a large plastic grille at the front. The chunky rear LED lights wrap around the rear of the Polestar 3 while its slanted roof and rear spoiler provide a sporty silhouette.
The bonnet features futuristic air channelling vents that aid the aerodynamic flow of the vehicle, while the flush door handles will pop out when you unlock the car before closing flat against the bodywork as you start the electric motor or lock the vehicle.
The latest images of the Polestar 3 show the production-ready with a full-length glass panoramic roof, 20-inch alloy wheels and bright yellow brake calipers. The upright stance also gives us the strongest hint yet at what the Porsche Macan-rivalling Polestar 4 will look like.
Polestar is owned by Volvo and its Chinese parent company Geely. As a result, the new Polestar SUV shares its mechanical platform with the next-generation Volvo XC90 - which means the body will most likely be around five metres in length and more than two metres wide.
The options list for the Polestar 3 will be comprehensive, with the choice of 19-, 20- and possibly 21-inch wheels. Buyers will also get at least six bodywork colours to choose from, along with a tow bar, roof rack and tinted rear windows.
Polestar 3 practicality and interior
The Polestar 3 is based on the mechanical platform of the new Volvo XC90, which will go on sale in 2023. However, unlike the current XC90, the Polestar 3 will not get the option of seven seats (which means it'll be a five-seater only).
That said, the Polestar 3 is designed with a family SUV practicality and comfort in mind. This means you'll get five large seats and lots of head and legroom across both rows. The Polestar 3 will also be child seat friendly with two Isofix anchor points for the outer rear seats and possibly a third in the middle. The boot will be large enough to cater for four large suitcases and a child's buggy. The rear seats will fold flat to provide even more loadspace for moving bulky items.
The Polestar 3 will feature the company's latest Android Automotive infotainment, which has already won a hatful of innovation awards for its use in the Polestar 2. The system is the first car infotainment system to be powered solely by an Android operating system. It features Google Maps and Google Assistant as standard, which means you can issue voice commands like “hey Google, play some music” or "navigate home".
The Android Automotive infotainment system is displayed on a large and easy-to-use 11-inch screen in the Polestar 2 and we expect this unit to be carried over into the Polestar 3 SUV, which means you'll get some physical buttons for adjusting the audio volume and selecting radio stations. You'll also get lots of steering wheel controls, so you can adjust the cruise control or choose your favourite music without lifting a hand from the wheel.
New Polestar 3 range, power and performance
The Polestar 3 has the best maximum range of any electric vehicle in the Swedish carmaker's line-up. The Polestar 3 will officially travel up to 373 miles on a single charge, which is around 120 miles more than you'll get from either the Audi e-tron or Mercedes-Benz EQC.
Polestar hasn't released any official details on power or performance. However, like the Polestar 2, we expect the Polestar 3 to be offered in a choice of models that will include dual and single motor powers and possibly the choice of standard and long range batteries (which means the cheapest versions may not cover up to the 373-miles).
The Polestar 3 will be four-wheel drive only at launch but a single motor two-wheel drive models could be added to the line-up in 2023. Maximum power outputs will most likely exceed the 408PS and 660Nm of torque offered in the highest spec of the Polestar 2, which means Polestar's new electric SUV will be capable of covering 0-62mph in under five seconds and be electronically restricted to a top speed of 155mph.
Like all modern electric cars, the Polestar 3 will be compatible with the UK's 100kW fast charger network. This means you can boost the battery from a few bars of power to 80% charge in around 40 minutes - perfect for breaking up a long motorway journey with a coffee break. At home, a full charge from a 11kW wallbox will take around nine or ten hours.
Parking cameras, sensors and an auto park function will be available, along with adaptive cruise control that will automatically control the Polestar 3's speed and distance from the vehicle in front. Polestar says, over time, it will offer autonomous motorway driving that will rival Tesla's autopilot function.
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Prices for the Polestar 3 are expected to start in the region of £60,000 in the UK and will rise to £80,000 for the most powerful models with the highest spec.
The Polestar 3 has a maximum electric range of 373 miles.
The Polestar 3 is on sale from October 2022 and first deliveries are expected in early 2023.