Polestar shows off its electric SUV; US production begins in 2023

Enlarge / This is our first look at an undisguised Polestar 3 SUV.

Polestar has released the first image of its next production electric vehicle. It’s called the Polestar 3, and it’s the brand’s first offering in the highly competitive SUV market.

“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. With this car, we bring the ‘sport’ back to the SUV, staying true to our performance roots, “says Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO. “This is a major milestone for our company, one that boosts our growth trajectory and takes us into our next phase.”

The Polestar 3 is the first EV in that next phase and will be followed in 2023 by the Polestar 4 (a smaller SUV coupe) and the flagship Polestar 5 in 2024.

We can expect more technical specs on the Polestar 3 when it officially goes on sale in October. For now, Polestar says to expect a battery with enough capacity for a WLTP range of 600 km (372 miles), which should be enough for an EPA estimated range of well over 300 miles. We also know it will be a dual-engine powertrain and probably one with plenty of acceleration. And in January, Ars Review Editor Ron Amadeo had an early look at the Polestar 3’s Android Automotive interface.

The company says it will also eventually offer autonomous driving, which will use the car’s onboard Luminar lidar sensor and Nvidia GPUs to help determine its place in the world.

Although Polestar will start accepting orders in October, production of the SUV EV won’t begin until early 2023. As part of Polestar’s plans to increase its production volume, that will mean building Polestar 3s in Ridgeville, South Carolina, as well as its factory. in Luqiao, China.

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