A new report from carmagazine.co.uk reveals several details about the Polestar 3 and Polestar 4. The next models of Volvo Car Group and Zheijang Geely Holding’s electric performance car brand Polestar have not only Tesla models but also Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz models in the sight.
The Polestar 3, the brand’s third model, will be an electric SUV carrying the design philosophy previewed by the Polestar Precept concept, autocar.co.uk had reported earlier this year. The new report says that it will debut in 2022 and suggests that it will go against the likes of Audi e-tron, BMW iX3 and Mercedes EQC. As for the pricing, Thomas Ingelath, CEO, Polestar, has indicated that the Polestar 3 will slot between the Polestar 1 (SEK 6,59,000 or INR 55,78,378.98 onwards) and the Polestar 2 (SEK 16,99,000 or INR 1,43,81,890.58 onwards).
Polestar’s Head of Design, Max Missoni has already confirmed that the brand’s next model will be an aerodynamic performance SUV and will include the design language of the Precept. The Polestar 3 electric SUV will feature the split Thor’s hammer headlamp design and a rear tail light bar that measures the width of the car on the outside. The 15-inch portrait-oriented infotainment system from the concept and a 12.5-inch digital instrument cluster are expected as the talking points of the Polestar 3’s interior. The infotainment system will also run Google’s Android software out of the factory.
To be built on Volvo’s SPA2 platform, the Polestar 3 will follow a coupe-SUV shape and would be similar to Volvo XC90 in terms of size. The new SUV will be a fully electric model like the Polestar 2 and we can expect a bigger battery pack than the 2’s 78 kWh. The range is expected to be more than 500 km in a single charge (WLTP cycle) and the Polestar 3 will get an all-wheel-drive layout with performance-oriented acceleration figures.
The Polestar 4 will arrive as a four-door GT that competes with the Audi e-tron GT and the Porsche Taycan. People in the know-how of its development hint that we’re basically looking at the Polestar Percept in production form.
The British report says that the Polestar 4 will debut the ‘SmartZone’ from the Polestar Percept concept, something that aims to shift the front of the cars from breathing to seeing. The front area that generally had air vents for ICE cars to help the radiator will now be used to house sensors for safety and driving assistance functions. There’s Pilot Assist that is aided by long- and mid-range radar units, ultrasonic sensors and a high-definition wide-angle camera. A LIDAR pod is mounted high up on the glass roof for driving assistance technology.
Polestar began series production of the Polestar 2 at the Luqiao plant in China, which is managed by Volvo Cars Group, in March. Apart from the local market, Polestar is exporting the Chinese-made cars to Europe and North America. Volvo Cars Group is planning to launch a fully electric Volvo C40 crossover in 2021, targeting the millennial and is expected to receive the powertrain from the Volvo XC40 Recharge.