While the Detroit Auto Show recently made its return, automakers are still heading to the internet to show off their latest offerings as well — Polestar being next.
Look for a livestream debut of the Polestar 3 on Oct. 12 at 1 p.m. ET, as the automaker expands its line-up of electric vehicles. The reveal takes place in Copenhagen, Denmark, and features featuring Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath, and Polestar Head of Design Maximilian Missoni.
The Polestar 3 will be the company’s first SUV, one that company claims will have a distinct shape. It appears to be a midsize crossover with two rows and five-seat capacity, which would pit it against the BMW X5, Porsche Cayenne, Jaguar i-Pace and BMW iX, among others.
“We had to ask ourselves: ‘what should a modern SUV look like?’ said Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO. “Polestar 3 defines the SUV for the electric age, and in designing it we addressed some of the fundamentals of the archetype: proportions, stance and aerodynamics.”
The vehicle is built using an all-new, all-electric technology base that employs a centralized NVIDIA core processor. The vehicle also boasts a number of safety systems from such industry suppliers such as Zenseact, Luminar and Smart Eye, according to the company.
The list of suppliers suggests the Polestar 3 could come equipped with Polestar’s previously announced hands-free “highway piloting” system. The new feature employs lidar, and high-resolution laser technology already found in the driverless robocabs being used by services like Cruise and Waymo. The sensor is to come from Luminar, using a central processing system is being developed by NVIDIA.
Launch models of the Polestar 3 will include an all-wheel drive system with a rear-biased dual motor powertrain that uses torque vectoring via a dual clutch system on the rear electric motor to provide it agile handling. Expect the Polestar 3 to have both soft and hard suspension settings that can switch from one to the other in less than two milliseconds thanks to an adaptable dual-chamber air suspension and active dampers. The redesigned model should now have the agility and comfortable ride that customers in this class are looking for.
“It’s this instant ability to transform from a comfortable cruiser to a sharp, agile performance car in less than the blink of an eye that makes Polestar 3 special as an electric performance SUV,” continued Ingenlath. “It also benefits from a low center of gravity and wide track for ultimate stability, and an exciting feeling behind the wheel.”
How much power?
While the company did not say what the standard Polestar 3 configuration will be, it did state that the Polestar 3’s optional Performance Pack provides the Polestar 3 with 517 horsepower and 671 pound-feet of torque, along with chassis fitted with active dampers and an air suspension.
As TheDetroitBureau.com first reported in May, the Polestar 3’s battery drive system is believed to be an 800-volt architecture, which would enable quicker charging. And, as we reported in June, range is targeted at 600 kilometers, or 372 miles per charge based on the European WLTP standard, not the stricter EPA test cycle, which is likely to mean a rating closer to 300 miles. The lithium-ion battery pack’s capacity is estimated to be at least 100 kilowatt hours. Like comparable products, Polestar 3’s 800-volt electrical architecture should allow it to charge from 10% to 80% in less than 30 minutes.
“Polestar 3 is the SUV for the electric age. Our design identity evolves with this high-end large luxury EV, with a strong, individual brand character,” Polestar’s Ingenlath said earlier this year. “With this car, we bring the ‘sport’ back to the SUV, staying true to our performance roots.”
The Polestar 3 will be just the first of three new models set to debut between 2023 and 2025. Its current line-up consists of the Polestar 2, an all-electric hatchback, replaced the high-priced, limited-edition plug-in hybrid coupe that served as the brand’s first vehicle. Alongside Volvo’s new EVs, the battery-electric Polestar 3 will be manufactured in the United States.Polestar is funded by Geely, the Chinese parent company.