Polestar 3 & Polestar 4 electric cars could offer Level 4 Autonomous driving [Update]

Volvo Car Group and Zheijang Geely Holding’s electric performance car brand Polestar sounds kicked about launching the Polestar 3 electric SUV and the production Polestar Precept grand tourer. The company mentions the upcoming models in the footer of every press announcement. However, it is yet to reveal the market name of the latter, which is assigned the title Polestar 4 by the auto media, and rightly so.

In the future, the Polestar 3 electric performance SUV will join the portfolio, as well as the Precept – a design study vehicle released in 2020 that is slated for future production. Precept showcases the brand’s future vision in terms of sustainability, digital technology and design.

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Last year, a report from carmagazine.co.uk had revealed several details about the Polestar 3 and Polestar 4. The next models have not only Tesla products but Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz models in sight. To be ahead of the competition, the company may equip upcoming models with high-end technology features, including but not limited to Level 4 autonomous driving.

A system approaching SAE Level 4 autonomous driving dubbed ‘Sentinel’ is to debut on the 2022 XC90 next year, developed with Luminar Technologies, which could spread to the upcoming Polestar vehicles.

Polestar 3

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 reported last year that it would debut in 2022 and suggested that it will go up against the likes of Audi e-tron, BMW iX, and Tesla Model X. As for the pricing, Thomas Ingelath, CEO, Polestar, has indicated that the Polestar 3 will slot between the Polestar 2 and the Polestar 1, hinting at a sub-100,000 EUR positioning for the full range.

Polestar’s Head of Design, Max Missoni, has spoken of the brand’s next model being an aerodynamic performance SUV. The Polestar 3 electric SUV will feature the split Thor’s hammer headlamp design and a rear tail light bar that measures the car’s width. The 15-inch portrait-oriented infotainment system from the concept and a 12.5-inch digital instrument cluster is 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 the next-gen Volvo XC90 in size. 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. We doubt if the current 78 kWh battery pack would meet the Polestar’s 3 requirements, so expect a 90-100 kWh battery to be utilized.

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The next-gen Volvo XC90 is expected to feature Level 4 autonomous driving, and the Polestar 3 could also benefit from its highly advanced automated drive systems. At least Level 3 autonomous driving capability should be available right in the next Polestar model from the initial phase. The Polestar 4, detailed below, should build on these high-tech driving assistants when it arrives later.

Polestar 4

In September 2020, Polestar announced that it has decided to put the Precept concept car into production. The road-ready version of the four-door gran tourer is expected to be called Polestar 4 and compete with the Audi e-tron GT and Porsche Taycan.

The Polestar 4 will reportedly debut the ‘SmartZone’ from the Polestar Percept concept, which aims to shift 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. Pilot Assist 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 raises half a billion dollars

Polestar has raised $0.55 billion from investors, the company announced 15 April 2021. This is the first time that external investors have backed the performance EV company, thanks to the strong growth of the global EV market. The new investment should secure the future of products like the Polestar 3 and Polestar 4 and accelerate their development.

Chongqing Chengxing Equity Investment Fund Partnership, Zibo Financial Holding, Zibo Hightech Industrial Investment, and South Korea’s SK Inc. that is well-known in the EV industry due to its subsidiary SK Innovation have invested in Polestar. The company says that it is considering fundraising further and is in ongoing discussions with global investors.

Polestar 4 FAQs

What is the Polestar 4 release date?

The Polestar 4 could be launched in 2023, a year after the Polestar 3.

Which EVs will be the Polestar 4 rivals?

The Polestar 4 should compete with the likes of Audi e-tron GT and Porsche Taycan.

What is the expected price of the Polestar 4?

Expect the price of the Polestar 4 to begin around the EUR 90,000 (USD 107,000) mark.

Featured image is the unofficial Polestar 7 Concept by automotive designer Dan Paduraru via Behance.net