The first clear picture of the Polestar 3, released today, shows a blend between a coupe and a crossover, with design cues taken from the Precept study. Make no mistake, this is a luxury mid-size SUV that should give Tesla Model X a run for its money. Priced at around $85,000 (80,000 euros), it should also be more affordable while at the same time offering a more upscale ambiance.
To compete with the Model X, the Polestar 3 will feature semi-autonomous driving powered by “the best-in-class LiDAR sensor from Luminar and centralized NVIDIA computing power.” The launch model will feature a dual-motor drivetrain powered by an extended battery. This should give the Polestar 3 enough stamina to travel over 600 km (372 miles) according to the European WLTP standard.
The Polestar 3 will be manufactured at Volvo’s assembly plant in South Carolina alongside the future Volvo XC90. The production is scheduled for early 2023 when the next Volvo XC90 is also expected. Both models share the same architecture and possibly more, but will definitely be distinct in their character. While the Volvo will offer supreme ride comfort and luxury, the Polestar 3 will be tuned with a sportier chassis as a performance-oriented SUV.