Polestar 3

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The SUV for the electric age
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    Dual-motor drivetrain

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    Target range of 600km

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    Luminar LiDAR sensor with NVIDIA DRIVE

 

Power, prettily packaged

What does performance look like in an electric car? Fanboys can judge that for themselves with the new shark-like Polestar 3, now available to order. This Volvo stablemate prioritises power and technology to create what its CEO calls a modern SUV. At the top end, that’s a stunning 517hp and 910Nm of torque with the optional Performance Pack, which just about edges into supercar territory. Built anew from the ground up, the Polestar 3 has the looks, range and tech credentials to match, while also maintaining sustainability from the get-go. But even the standard car, with 360 kW and 840 Nm of torque, faces down rivals such as the BMW iX, the Tesla Model X and even the Audi A6 e-tron - all at a very competitive lease price.

 

Aerodynamic, with range

The Polestar 3 aims to be engaging and aerodynamic, clearly channelling DeLorean vibes. While time travel is a distance away, the Polestar 3’s WLTP range of 610km on an 111kWh battery, makes day trips the norm. Aero wings in the bonnet and spoiler and rear aero blades couple with the new SmartZone panel, which houses cameras and sensors, to optimise aerodynamics and driver assistance. The Polestar 3 launches with a rear-biased, dual-motor powertrain. Electric torque vectoring comes via a dual clutch system on the rear electric motor. Thanks to adaptive dual-chamber air suspension and active dampers, the EV can effortlessly switch between comfort and firm suspension dynamics, adjusting the dampers to suit road conditions once every two milliseconds (500 Hz). At the top end, the Performance variant does 0 to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds, while the Long Range takes a little more, at 5 seconds. Both hit top speeds of 210km/h - if you’re brave enough to try that!

 

Aggressive but progressive

For all its SUV credentials, the Polestar 3 has an aerodynamic Scandi sleekness that lives up to its marketing: aggressive but progressive. T-shaped headlamps sit atop a convex lower grille, flowing smoothly into muscled shoulders and undercarriage. An animal welfare-certified interior easily accommodates a family of five. The panoramic glass roof brings the outdoors in, while the Polestar Digital Key, Android Automotive OS and Google Assistant offer a different kind of escape, including via the 14.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Indeed, it’s the market-leading tech that is Polestar 3’s most convincing feature. The autonomous driving native runs off an artificial intelligence brain in the form of the centralised NVIDIA DRIVE computer that continually processes data from multiple sensors and cameras to enable advanced driver-assistance safety and monitoring - in line with its Volvo DNA. The Snapdragon Cockpit Platform brings immersive in-vehicle entertainment, complete with seamless connectivity throughout the vehicle. Certainly, the Polestar 3 is one of the most technology-forward EVs yet.

Motor & drivetrain

  • Electric motorPermanent magnet synchronous motors
  • DrivetrainAll-wheel drive
  • TransmissionSingle speed

Performance

  • Power360 kW (380 kW with Performance Pack)
  • Acceleration 0 - 100 km/h5.0 s (4.7 s with Performance Pack)
  • Top speed210 km/h

Battery

  • Battery type400V lithium-ion
  • Battery capacity111 kWh
  • Range (WLTP)610 km (560 km with Performance Pack)
 
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Multifunctional steering wheel

Steering wheel controls

From skipping songs to navigating the various displays, the touch-sensitive contextual buttons integrated in the steering wheel help keep your eyes on the road while driving. They allow you to choose from the available functionalities and click to activate them.
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Safety

SmartZone sensors

The grille of traditional cars allowed the engine to breathe. The SmartZone at the front of Polestar 3 hosts a radar and a camera that enable the car to see. With sensors looking out for potentially dangerous situations, the car is always aware of its surroundings with the aim of keeping occupants and other road users safe at all times.
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Displays

14.5" centre display

Clarity in all circumstances. The large, frameless central touch screen has a pixel density of 208 ppi and an anti-reflective coating to deliver excellent readability even in direct sunlight.
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Intelligent lighting

Active High Beam

Polestar 3’s new generation LED headlights can automatically switch between low and high beam to avoid dazzling other drivers. For the same reason, the beam level is constantly adjusted for optimal illumination, regardless of the load being carried.
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Audio system

Bowers & Wilkins Audio

25 speakers. The 1610-watt Bowers & Wilkins sound system delivers high-spec audio throughout the car.