Of course, Volvo's subsidiary also wanted to determine whether the battery and motors can take up to 50 degrees Celsius for extended periods with minimal impact on driving range and performance. $83,900 is the starting price of the 3 in the United States for the Long Range Dual Motor.
Based on the SPA2 vehicle architecture of the Volvo EX90 and upcoming Polestar 5, this fellow promises up to 300 miles (483 kilometers) of driving range, 4.9 seconds to 60 miles per hour (97 kilometers per hour), and short charging times. Using a 250-kW fast charger, the 3 can be juiced up from 10 to 80 percent in something like half an hour. In other words, enough time for an espresso and for checking X.
The only level up from the Long Range Dual Motor is the Performance Pack, which adds $6,000 to the tally in return for a 0.3-second quicker acceleration to 60 miles per hour. As expected, range also takes a hit, namely 30 miles (48 kilometers) less than the standard configuration. Both are limited to 130 miles per hour (209 kilometers per hour), and both rock 400-volt batteries with 17 modules and 111 kWh.
Gifted with ground clearances of 8.3 inches each, the Long Range Dual Motor and Performance Pack can tow up to 3,500 pounds (1,588 kilograms). Please don't ask about driving range while towing because Polestar didn't bother giving an estimate for it. Then again, even the Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck could be better in terms of towing range.
Measuring 117.5 inches from the front to the rear axle (thus mirroring the wheelbase of the EX90), the 3 uses battery cells from Chinese manufacturer CATL. Rated at 489 and 517 horsepower, respectively, the 3 belts out 620 to 671 pound-feet (840 to 910 Nm).
Not long now, the upcoming 3 will be joined by a compact-sized twin by the name of 4. A two-row crossover with no rear window but a roof-mounted rearview camera, the 4 will be positioned between the compact-sized 2 liftback and 3 mid-sized crossover.