The Polestar 3 is a Secret Weapon Designed to Outgun Tesla, Audi, and Volkswagen

This is just one of the three new models planned for the next years

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We first found out about a new Polestar 3 back in 2020 after the company launched the Precept concept. The first details suggested it would be an all-electric performance SUV that will take on models like Tesla Model X, Audi e-tron, and Volkswagen ID.5. Today we finally got our first teaser image along with the confirmation that the official debut will happen in October 2022.

2020 Polestar Precept Concept Exterior
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The Polestar 3 will be the company’s first SUV and the second all-electric model – after the Polestar 2 fastback (remember, the Polestar 1 was a plug-in hybrid). Polestar did not reveal much about the next 3 SUV, but it did confirm it will be launched with a dual-motor drivetrain and a large battery. That’s a similar configuration to the Polestar 2, where the two electric motors deliver a combined 408 horsepower, though the battery isn’t exactly the largest out there. Equipped with a 78 kWh, the 2 delivers a range of just 275 miles. Things must improve a lot in the next 3 SUV, as Polestar promises a range target of over 600 km or about 372 miles (WLTP).

This is not only a lot more than the initial rumor that claimed 275 miles of range, but it is also more than most of its competitors. For example, the Volkswagen ID.5 has a range of 320 miles in the Pro version, and 298 miles in the GTX version. The Tesla Model X has a range of 304 miles, while the Audi e-tron only delivers 204 miles. These numbers will put the Polestar 3 on top of the list with no problem. A more affordable single-motor version, with less range will be added to the lineup at a later date.

2020 Polestar Precept Concept Exterior
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The new Polestar 3 will be manufactured in the United States and China, and the first units are expected to hit the assembly line in early 2023. Orders will begin in October 2022 - the same day it premiers. The new SUV is also part of company’s big expansion plans, with Polestar aiming to launch a new car every year for the next three years and to increase its presence to at least 30 global markets by the end of 2023. When it comes to sales, the company wants to go from the 29,000 units it sold in 2021 to 290,000 units by the end of 2025. As for the prices, you should expect the next Polestar 3 to sit above the Volvo XC90. This means the base model will start from at least $60,000.

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

Alina Moore
Alina Moore
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