Polestar 3 electric SUV: Everything we know in Nov 2022 [Update]

  • Deliveries from Q4 2023; will be imported from China until U.S. plant opens in mid-2024
  • Expected to do 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds & deliver 300 miles of EPA-est. range
  • Available to reserve with a USD 1,000 fully refundable deposit
  • Priced from USD 83,900 (excl. USD 1,400 destination charge)

Update: ‘Price & Release Date’ section updated.

The Polestar 3, which promises to be a game-changer for the brand in the United States, celebrated its world premiere in Copenhagen on October 12, 2022. The new model aims to be the Porsche Cayenne of the electric luxury SUV space with a focus on performance. Take a look at what we know about Polestar’s biggest launch in America.

Name

The Polestar 3 has a numerical name, just like the brand’s first two models and all other upcoming models. Thomas Ingenlath, CEO, Polestar, told TechCrunch in August 2022 that he has “seen too many painful name-giving processes in the car industry to ever get into it.” Plus, there’s also a risk of infringing an existing trademark. The company wants to keep things simple and is happy with the current nomenclature.

Design

The Polestar 1 was derived from the Volvo Concept Coupe (presented in 2013), and it was originally a Volvo design. The Polestar 2 has more than a few design lines common with the Volvo 40.2 Concept (presented in 2016). With the launch of the Polestar 3, the brand has started distancing itself in design, and we see clear evidence of that with the design of the 3. “The 3 was designed from day one as purely Polestar,” Ingenlath said at the world premiere.

Front

The Polestar 3 is a sporty SUV with a sleek silhouette. It features a hexagonal compact upper grille, horizontally flipped T-shaped headlamps with a ‘Dual-Blade’ DRL design, a trapezoidal lower grille, and triangular cut-outs in the outer sections of the bumper that could hide the vehicle’s LiDAR sensors. Another highlight is an aero wing integrated into the front of the hood that complements the rear aero wing and rear aero blades to lower the drag and improve travel range.

Side

Polestar 3 side profile official image
22-inch forged alloy wheels are optionally available on the Polestar 3. Image Source: Polestar

The car has a sharp kick in the beltline and a slim greenhouse, giving it a dynamic look. The roofline slopes slightly towards the rear, which should preserve the headroom. Flush door handles lend the SUV a touch of minimalism. A strong shoulder area, thick body cladding, two-tone finish wheels, and yellow brake calipers are also among the visual highlights.

Rear

Polestar 3 rear three quarter
The Polestar 3 looks the most masculine at the rear. Image Source: Polestar

The Polestar 3 has a wide and powerful stance at the rear. It doesn’t lean forward, which gives it a confident appearance from this angle. The continious tail light ends with wide C-shaped hooks, accentuating these attributes.

Interior

Polestar 3 interior dashboard
Polestar’s Scandinavian minimalism is evident in the design of the 3’s interior. Image Source: Polestar

Polestar wanted the 3 as an SUV for the electric age. It started with a large luxury SUV as the base. It put in a battery as a skateboard sandwich between the wheels and stretched the wheelbase to open up interior space.

A sportscar-inspired seating position and a lowered dashboard allowed Polestar to lower the roofline to achieve an aerodynamic, fast silhouette. The company excluded third-row seats and used the extra space to move the first and second rows wide apart. In the words of Ingenlath, “this is not a people-mover.” The 3 is a luxuriously-spaced five-seat model with generous legroom in the second row.

Polestar 3 interior front seats
Where the Volvo EX90 will be a seven-seater, the Polestar SUV is a strict five-seater. Image Source: Polestar

Polestar has used animal welfare-certified leather and fully traceable wool upholstery. The Polestar 3 is equipped with plenty of technology, comfort, and convenience features, many possibly shared with the Polestar 2. Polestar has given connected car solutions and on-board entertainment a lot of focus.

Features

The Polestar 3 comes with 21-inch wheels, Brembo brakes, a panoramic glass roof, a 9-inch digital instrument cluster, a 14.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a three-zone automatic climate control system, and four USB-C ports as standard. Here’s a closer look at some of the top features.

Digital Key

Polestar has confirmed that it offers Digital Key in the Polestar 3, but it hasn’t clarified whether it’s NFC-based or Bluetooth-based like in the Polestar 2. The driver can lock, unlock, and start the vehicle using the virtual key. The company also offers an NFC key card with the electric SUV.

Android-powered AVN

Polestar 3 dashboard driver side
The Polestar 3’s cockpit displays consist of a 9-inch instrument cluster and a 14.5-inch portrait touchscreen.

The Polestar 3 features an infotainment system powered by Android Automotive OS. Using onboard functions via the vehicle’s center screen is very easy and familiar for customers, especially those accustomed to Android devices like smartphones, tablets, and TVs. Customers can use Google Maps, Spotify, Vivaldi Web Browser, and more native apps in the infotainment system. With Google Assistant, users can enjoy voice commands with the familiar prompt phrase “Hey Google.”

The built-in Google Play Store allows downloading new apps to the system. With 5G connectivity available, customers can update the software, download apps, stream music and videos, and get real-time traffic updates at blazing internet speeds.

Bowers & Wilkins with 3D surround sound

The Polestar 3 features a 25-speaker sound system sourced from Bowers & Wilkins. This system consists of five tweeters with the Nautilus Spiral Chamber technology, seven mid-range speakers, four headliner speakers, four full-range speakers in the headrests, four woofers, and one Fresh Air subwoofer.

Polestar has equipped the 3 with three external speakers as well, to produce the sound needed for the safety of nearby passengers and vehicles. A 28-channel amplifier with a total power of 1,750 watts drives the 28 speakers in and outside the SUV. It enables multi-channel signals such as Dolby Atmos. There’s no doubt audiophiles will love traveling in the 3.

Advanced Air Cleaner

Polestar has developed an Advanced Cabin Air (AAC) air filtration system with Volvo Cars and Stockholm-based CabinAir. The air that passengers breathe in the 3 is clear of 95% of fine particles, 97% of viruses, and 99.9% of pollen and allergens.

Specifications

Platform

The Polestar 3 sits on the SPA2 platform which will be shared with the EX90. The SPA2 is a skateboard chassis with a different floor assembly as compared to the SPA1 which underpins the XC90.

Body

The Polestar 3 measures 193 in. long, 83.5 in. wide (incl. mirrors), and 64 in. tall. It has a 117.5 in. wheelbase, and the curb weight ranges from 5,696 lbs. to 5,886 lbs.

The first Polestar electric SUV offers 17.1 cu. ft. of luggage capacity behind the rear seats. Folding down the rear seats leads to 49.8 cu. ft. of cargo capacity. Plus, there’s a frunk (front trunk) with 1.1 cu. ft. of extra storage space. Up to 220.5 lbs. of luggage can be placed on the roof.

The U.S.-spec Polestar 3 offers a towing capacity of 3,500 lbs., with 350 lbs. as the tongue weight limit. A semi-electric tow bar is available optionally. The electric SUV has a ground clearance of 8.3 in. In off-road conditions, the driver can enable a dedicated off-road drive mode to raise the ground clearance by 40 or 50 mm (1.6 or 2.0 in.)

Polestar 3 headlamp
The Polestar 3 has a frunk, which unlocks an additional 1.1 cu. ft. Image Source: Polestar

Chassis

The 3 has a rear-biased dual-motor powertrain and a 50:50 weight distribution. Compared to a gas-powered SUV, the center of gravity is 100 mm lower, around the same as in the Polestar 1, a hybrid two-door, 2+2 seat GT coupe!

The 3 has a Torque Vectoring Dual Clutch (TDVC) function that individually controls the torque distributed between the right and left rear wheels for improved agility at low speed and stability at high speed. The front motor can be decoupled to save energy when not needed.

An adaptive, self-leveling dual-chamber air suspension with ZF active dampers is standard in the 3. With a high updating frequency of 500 Hz, the active dampers adjust as required by the road conditions once every two milliseconds. For example, if the driver is driving the 3 at 90 km/h (56 mph), it updates and adjusts the dampers every 5 cm (0.2 ft.) of the road.

Polestar’s Chief Chassis Engineer Joakim Rydholm had indicated in 2021 that it’ll be fun to drive, as per an Autocar report. All Polestar models will make the driver always feel connected to the car, Rydholm said. However, for obvious reasons, “the 3 will breathe and flow a bit more (than the 2).”

Acceleration & Top speed

The Polestar 3’s two motors, one on each axle, produce 360 kW (483 hp) and 840 Nm (620 lb.-ft.) of torque. A 0-60 mph sprint takes 4.9 seconds (estimated), and the top speed is 130 mph.

A Performance Pack is available to upgrade the total power and total torque to 380 kW (509 hp) and 910 Nm (671 lb.-ft.), respectively. Priced at USD 6,000, the optional pack lowers the 0-60 mph acceleration time to 4.6 seconds, but it doesn’t change the top speed. It includes Polestar Engineered chassis tuning, 22″ forged alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero tires, Swedish gold valve caps and seat belts, laser-etched gold interior light line, and a range optimization drive mode as well.

Range & Charging

A CATL-made 107 kWh battery pack consisting of 204 lithium-ion NMC cells packed in 17 modules is standard in the Polestar 3. It operates at 400 volts and allows charging at up to 11 kW (AC)/250 kW (DC).

Charging from 0 to 100% SoC using an AC charger takes 11 hours. When plugged into a DC charger, charging from 10 to 80% SoC takes just half an hour. Polestar expects the 3 to deliver an EPA-est. range of 300 miles as standard and 270 miles with the Performance pack. The 3 does have a plug-and-charge (PnC) function for giving customers the utmost convenience at public charging stations.

Polestar has equipped the 3 for bi-directional charging, enabling vehicle-to-load and vehicle-to-grid compatibility. Customers can offload the power from its battery pack to power home appliances, charge electronics, top-up other EVs, and send power back to the grid to balance the electricity load.

Aspect\SpecificationPolestar 3 Long Range Dual MotorPolestar 3 Long Range Dual Motor with Performance Pack
Length193 in.193 in.
Width (incl. mirrors)83.5 in.83.5 in.
Height64 in.64 in.
Wheelbase117.5 in.117.5 in.
Ground Clearance8.3 in.8.3 in.
Curb-to-curb Turning Circle38.7 ft.38.7 ft.
WheelsCast alloyForged alloy
Wheel Size21 in.22 in.
TiresMichelin Pilot Sport 4 EVPirelli P-Zero
Tire Size265/45R21 (front)/295/40R21 (rear)265/40R22 (front)/295/35R22 (rear)
BrakesBrembo 4-piston, 400 mm drilled and ventilated discs (front)/Standard single-piston, 390 mm ventilated discs (rear)Brembo 4-piston, 400 mm drilled and ventilated discs (front)/Standard single-piston, 390 mm ventilated discs (rear)
Cargo Volume (Rear Seats Up)17.1 cu. ft.17.1 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume (Rear Seats Folded)49.8 cu. ft.49.8 cu. ft.
Battery Pack107 kWh107 kWh
Drivetrain LayoutAWDAWD
No. of MotorsTwoTwo
Power360 kW (483 hp)380 kW (509 hp)
Torque840 Nm (620 lb.-ft.)910 Nm (671 lb.-ft.)
0-60 mph Acceleration Time (Estimated)4.9 seconds4.6 seconds
Top Speed130 mph130 mph
EPA-est. Range (Preliminary)300 miles270 miles
EPA-est. Energy Consumption (Preliminary)38.5 kWh/100 miles43.2 kWh/100 miles
Towing Capacity3,500 lbs.3,500 lbs.
Tongue Weight Limit350 lbs.350 lbs.
Max. Roof Load220.5 lbs.220.5 lbs.
Polestar 3 specifications for the U.S. (Source: Polestar)

Safety & driver assistance

Polestar has loaded the 3 with a raft of active and passive safety systems. The company offers the new model with up to ten airbags, the biggest of which takes just 30 milliseconds to inflate and deflate again. Just for reference, a blink of an eye takes 180 milliseconds, and a car crash takes even lower – 100 milliseconds. Two of the ten airbags are inner side airbags that respond in just eight milliseconds! The ten airbags include a passenger knee airbag as well, which is exclusive to the units sold in the U.S. and Canada.

Polestar 3 SmartZone sensors grille
The Polestar 3 features the Polestar SmartZone instead of a grille. This area houses the car’s radars and cameras for autonomous driving and parking assist. Image Source: Polestar

Five radar modules, five external cameras, and twelve external ultrasonic sensors are standard in the 3. Moreover, for the first time in a Polestar, there are two closed-loop driver monitoring cameras with Gothenburg, Sweden-based Smart Eye’s eye-tracking technology. The interior cameras monitor the driver’s eyes to check for distraction, drowsiness, or responsiveness. They can alert the driver with warning messages and sounds and trigger even an emergency stop function when needed.

Autonomous Driving

In the U.S., the Pilot Pack that includes a head-up display, Park Assist Pilot, and Pilot Assist driver assistance system is standard in the 3. From Q2 2023, Polestar will offer an optional high-spec Pilot Pack that adds a Luminar-developed LiDAR, an additional control unit from NVIDIA, three cameras, four ultrasonic sensors, and cleaning for the front- and rear-view cameras.

Polestar has told investors that the 3 will gain “unsupervised highway pilot” at some point during its lifecycle. SAE Level 3 could be the targeted level of autonomy in the 3, achievable with a software upgrade later during the lifecycle. Zenseact will provide the software for the 3’s highway pilot.

Manufacturing

Production of the Polestar 3 will take place in Chengdu, China, and Ridgeville, USA. Chinese production will commence in mid-2023, and American production will follow towards the middle of 2024. The Chengdu plant, operated by Volvo Cars, has an annual production capacity of 150,000 units. The Ridgeville plant, which Volvo Cars owns, currently makes the Volvo S60. Production of the U.S.-spec Polestar 3 will take place at the Chinese facility until the local factory is ready.

Price & Release Date

The Polestar 3 Long Range Dual Motor retails at USD 83,900, while the Polestar 3 Long Range Dual Motor with Performance Pack costs USD 89,900. A USD 1,400 destination charge is applicable over the MSRP.

Including the most expensive options — USD 6,000 Performance Pack, USD 1,300 paint, and USD 5,500 seat upgrade (Nappa leather upholstery and front-seat ventilation and massage functions) — and the USD 1,400 destination charge, the Polestar 3 costs USD 98,100. When the Pilot pack with LiDAR option becomes available in 2023, that figure will likely shoot up above USD 100,000.

Polestar has started taking reservations for the 3 with a fully refundable deposit of USD 1,000. The company expects to begin deliveries in Q4 2023 (October-December 2023). According to a report Automotive News published on October 26, 2022, Polestar could’ve launched the 3 earlier, but it was facing software issues with the platform.

The Polestar 3 competes with the BMW iX and Mercedes EQE SUV, and soon, it will rival the Audi Q6 e-tron as well.

Polestar Spaces & Service centers

Polestar will sell the 3 through its small network of ‘Polestar Spaces’ rather than a showroom-in-showroom concept using Volvo dealers. This offers buyers a more exclusive experience, the brand believes. The company introduced a new concept for its retail outlets in 2021, called ‘Polestar Destinations.’ It is opening them in large spaces at easy-to-access out-of-town locations. In addition to offering an immersive experience of the brand and test drives, it uses Polestar Destinations to perform customer deliveries.

In the U.S., Polestar has Polestar Spaces in the following locations:

  • Los Angeles (CA)
  • Laguna Beach (CA)
  • Santa Clara (CA)
  • Corte Madera (CA)
  • New York City (NY)
  • Denver (CO)
  • Boston (MA)
  • Lawrence Township (NJ)
  • Short Hills (NJ)
  • Dallas (TX)
  • Austin (TX)
  • Detroit (MI)
  • Minneapolis (MA)
  • Phoenix (AZ)
  • Seattle (WA)
  • Atlanta (GA)
  • Charlotte (NC)
  • Westport (CT)
  • West Palm Beach (FL)
  • Fort Lauderdale (FL)
  • Tampa (FL)
  • Naples (FL)
  • South Florida (FL)
  • Washington D.C. (MD)

Polestar plans to have a retail network of 50 showrooms in the U.S. by 2023.

Global launch

Sales targets

Like the 2, the Polestar 3 will be a key volume driver for the company. Polestar expects to sell 24,000 units of the 3 in 2023. The company expects the 3’s sales to grow to 67,000 units in 2024 and further up to 77,000 units in 2025. By 2025, it wants to increase annual global sales 10 times from 2021 to 290,000 units, and rapid global expansion is crucial to hitting that.

Compared to the 1 and 2, the 3 would have a wider reach globally right from launch. Polestar entered 9 new countries in 2021 and is currently present in over 25 markets. It has divided retail operations into three regions: Europe, North America, and Asia-Pacific. By 2023, it plans to be present in at least 30 markets worldwide.

Polestar will increase retail spaces globally from 150 as of October 12, 2022, to more than 160 by the end of 2023. The company plans to open satellite sales offices, too, for its low-volume markets, as per Automotive News. Moreover, it could sell cars through local importers in select markets. It has 1,100 service points to take care of the 67,000 Polestars that are on road today (as of October 12, 2022).

Referral program

Polestar has launched a customer referral program, which will likely apply to the Polestar 3 when launched. Currently, the program is available in the U.S., Europe, and South Korea. Customers, irrespective of their purchase method, can generate a unique referral code to avail benefits of this program. This code has to be linked to a new customer’s account before placing an order. The original customer receives either charging credits, a unique sketch from a Polestar designer, or a Google Nest Hub and Nest Mini bundle. Charging credits are available in Europe and South Korea, while the Google Nest Hub and Nest Mini bundle’s availability is limited to the United States.

Polestar to launch 4 new EVs

The Polestar 3 is part of four new EVs from the Swedish brand. The Polestar 4 will be next, arriving by late 2023, followed by the Polestar 5 in 2024. Then, after a gap of two years, a Polestar 6 will follow in 2026. By 2030, Polestar wants to create the first truly climate-neutral car, and the company will develop this model under the Polestar 0 Project. It aims to reduce CO2 emissions by transforming the manufacturing process such that there are zero emissions right from the production stage.

TopElectricSUV says

The 3 looks like an excellent choice for those who want a performance SUV that is also spacious enough for families. It comes packed with high-end features, delivers phenomenal performance and driving dynamics, and has a decent range considering the SUV’s size and specifications. Best of all, it’s priced competitively when compared to European rivals. Well done, Polestar!

Polestar 3 FAQs

What is the Polestar 3 release date?

Polestar 3 deliveries in the U.S. will start in Q4 2023.

Which SUVs would the Polestar 3 rival?

The Polestar 3 competes with the BMW iX, Mercedes EQE SUV, Audi Q6 e-tron, and the Porsche Macan EV.

What is the Polestar 3 price?

Prices of the Polestar 3 in the U.S. start at USD 83,900 (excl. USD 1,400 destination charge).

Featured image: Polestar