Polestar 5 sedan: Everything we know as of Nov 2022 [Update]

  • Polestar's four-door GT (F Coupe Premium segment) to compete with the Porsche Taycan
  • Likely to be a pure driver's car with sporty handling, quick acceleration & high top speed
  • Expected to be priced from around USD 100,000
  • Scheduled to arrive in late 2024 with over 600 km (373 miles) of WLTP range

Update: ‘Interior’ section updated and ‘TopElectricSUV says’ section added.

On September 27, 2021, Polestar announced plans to go public with a merger. In the announcement, the company shared teasers confirming the launch of three further models. Among these is the Polestar 5 (codename: Polestar P61A), which should be the brand’s most capable EV. More teasers and details followed in another announcement on November 23, 2021. Here’s everything we know about the Polestar 5.

Name

Like every other Polestar of the present and the future, the new electric sedan has a numerical name. Naming things can get complicated and confusing, so Polestar is choosing to keep it simple for now.

Talking to TechCrunch on the sidelines of The Quail during the 2022 Monterey Car Week, Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath said that he has “seen too many painful name-giving processes in the car industry to ever get into it.” If you still do manage to come up with a name, there’s a risk of trademark infringement, Ingenlath added. For now, the company is content with a nomenclature that doesn’t involve anything more than numbers.

Positioning

The Polestar’s Annual Review 2021 report revealed plans to expand the global portfolio with a range of futuristic electric vehicles, including the Polestar 5. The EV is expected to lock horns with the Porsche Taycan and the Tesla Model S. The premium four-door grand tourer would set a new performance benchmark for the brand and possibly become its new flagship. Here’s what the Annual Report 2021 says:

Polestar 5, a luxury electric 4 door GT Polestar 5 is planned to be the production evolution of Polestar Precept, and will introduce a new in-house aluminium chassis and powertrain.

Statement from Polestar in its Annual Review 2021

Design

The Polestar 5 is a highly aerodynamic, four-door GT derived from the Precept concept. Polestar had strongly indicated that the Precept is an achievable reality, not a fancy dream or a pure sci-fi imagination. We see it meant every word, as the production version looks nearly identical. The 5 is just as sleek, sporty, and athletic as the Precept with the same low and wide stance and voluptuous body. Just like the concept car, it has extremely short overhangs, tilted T-shaped, split “Thor’s Hammer” headlights, and razor-sharp character lines.

That said, the production version of the Precept has subtle visual changes. Polestar appears to have raised the hood’s height, enlarged the lower air intake, and swapped the thin mirrors with conventional mirrors, and the rear-hinged rear doors with front-hinged ones. We’re pleasantly surprised that the company has carried over the visibly large wheels that fill the arches in the original size.

Noticeably the LiDAR sensor doesn’t stick out of the roof; the designers have achieved neater integration, which couldn’t be said of the Precept concept. The nose section of the production car houses several sensors needed for the functioning of the ADAS.

Overall, Maximilian Missoni (Head of Design, Polestar), Nahum Escobedo (Exterior Design Manager, Polestar), and Krister Olofsson (Senior Exterior Studio Engineer, Polestar) have come up with a brilliant design that should be a hit in the four-door GT segment. Porsche and Audi might not be worried for the immediate future, but the Taycan and e-tron GT have a serious rival in the making, and we’re confident that it’ll compete strongly on more than the exterior design.

When we got to the Precept, it’s very very close from the sketching of the idea to the concept, and then now from the concept to production (Polestar 5), I think we are very very close to that idea.

Nahum Escobedo, Exterior Design Manager of Polestar

Rendered based on patent images

Patent images of production Polestar 5 have leaked online, exposing its exterior design, including angles and details not seen in the previous teasers. They confirm subtle changes on the outside. At the front, it doesn’t have the concept’s slim upper grille and features a revised lower air intake and larger headlights with additional modules.

On the sides, we can see a larger charging port on the front quarter panel, regular mirrors, and normal rear doors. The wheels look an inch smaller on the road-legal version. On the roof, the concept’s long-range performance LiDAR is absent.

Based on the information revealed through patent images, TopElectricSUV.com presents a rendering of the Polestar 5. It captures the grille with the ADAS sensor, revised air intake, larger headlights, a larger charging port, normal mirrors, conventional rear doors, and smaller wheels.

Interior

The 5 should feature cockpit screens running Android Automotive OS. With AR-HUDs improving significantly, automakers are reducing the size of instrument clusters. Expect the Polestar 5 to feature a compact widescreen serving as the instrument cluster, and a large, portrait touchscreen in the center of the dashboard. The Polestar Precept concept has already given us an overview of such a cockpit layout.

With the Polestar 5, the company will likely take new steps for sustainability and alternative materials. It will use recycled fishing nets (Nylon 6) for the car’s floor mats. Another example will be the usage of waste and recycled cork-based vinyl for seat bolsters and headrests.

The Polestar 5 could feature individual sport seats for four occupants. In the concept version, Polestar showed that individual sport seats were planned for the rear passengers. If offered, the rear sport seats will likely be optional, as some luxury car customers still prefer the more practical bench seat.

Features

Expect the Polestar 5 to be a highly software-based, highly hardware-ready car. Polestar has confirmed that it will offer “unsupervised highway driving pilot” in the 3 SUV, and so, there’s no question about the flagship model getting SAE Level 3 or higher autonomous driving capability.

The Polestar 5 should feature autonomous driving tech, including a LiDAR sensor as standard, providing customers with the convenience of purchasing and unlocking autonomous driving functions anytime during the ownership. One can also expect in-car cameras and other sensors that ensure that the driver is in all their senses while the vehicle is moving, be it with driver input or autonomously.

In addition to rivals from established global brands, the Polestar 5 will need to tackle competitors from newfound Chinese companies that are getting more innovative with every passing day. From swappable lithium-ion batteries to semi-solid-state batteries, in-car movie projectors, AI-based voice assistants, and more, models from companies like Nio and Xpeng Motors are bringing the latest in technology ahead of their Western competitors. Now part of a Chinese conglomerate itself, Polestar will need attractive features to compete in the global marketplace.

Platform

Polestar 5 bonded aluminum platform
The Polestar 5’s bonded aluminum platform will be the company’s first in-house platform. Image Source: Polestar

The Polestar 5 will sit on an all-new bonded aluminum platform. Commenting on the car’s prototype debut at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 23, 2022, Pete Allen said that this platform brings together the characteristics of a low-volume performance car and modern technological advances to make a lightweight, high-rigidity sports car chassis technology ready for series production. Allen is the Head of Polestar’s UK R&D center.

Citing Ingenlath, a report from Autocar published on June 14, 2022, says that this platform will offer “supercar levels” of body stiffness. Developed in-house, it will be lightweight and rigid focused on performance as well as environmental advantages. Polestar expects new materials and techniques involved in the manufacturing process of the body-in-white (finished platform and body) to help it keep its weight in check.

This architecture delivers outstanding dynamic and safety attributes, with low investment technology applicable to high production volumes.

Pete Allen, Head of Polestar UK R&D on the new platform of the Polestar 5

Polestar wants the 5 to have better torsional rigidity than that of a traditional 2-seat sports- or supercar. Its 280-strong former F1 team is working on its first in-house platform in the UK. The bonded aluminum platform is a labor-intensive and difficult-to-use technology, but this team has combated those challenges by coming up with a new, faster manufacturing process that develops the body and platform together, the company said in a press release in February 2022.

Polestar UK chief engineer Dave Kane says that having supercar levels of torsional stiffness is essential for achieving class-leading ride and handling dynamics. Allen says the 5’s body boasts “carbon-fiber levels of torsional stiffness, like a two-door sports model.”

Vehicle engineering director Steve Swift says the development team is looking for sophistication. According to Swift, a model that rides and handles well and offers good road noise cancellation will appeal to both those who love spirited driving and those who prefer comfortable driving. He believes the 5 needs to balance between being engaging and comfortable.

Specifications

Polestar 5 infographics

The Polestar 5 could come in single-motor RWD and dual-motor AWD variants. The former could sport the company’s 450 kW (603 hp) rear motor, and the latter could have a system power of 650 kW (871 hp) with an additional front motor.

On June 23, 2022, Polestar announced that its new flagship powertrain, a dual-motor system with a total torque of 900 Nm (664 lb.-ft.), is currently under development in Sweden. If all goes according to plan, this impressive new powertrain will make its debut in the Polestar 5 as well as the production Polestar O2 electric roadster as well.

Back to the Polestar 5, like the Porsche Taycan and Audi e-tron GT, it could be one of the few EVs featuring a two-speed transmission, and it will feature 21-inch wheels. An 800-volt battery pack with a multi-charging system (400V and 800V) and 103 kWh of storage capacity could be the source of energy. The energy density of the Polestar 5’s battery should be better than that of the Polestar 2. Expect bi-directional/vehicle-to-grid charging compatibility and an ultra-fast charging time (to 80% SoC) of about 20 minutes. Polestar is targeting a range of more than 600 km (373 miles).

Production

The Polestar 5 will enter production at the end of 2024. Polestar will manufacture the 5 at Geely’s Chongqing factory in China. Geely owns the manufacturing facility, but it is operated by Polestar.

Polestar will build around 20 prototypes of the 5 in the UK. Image Source: Instagram/thomasingenlath

Currently, Polestar is building prototypes of the 5 at its R&D center in the UK. Pete Allen, Head of Polestar UK R&D, has said (via YouTube) that the company will produce around 20 prototypes at the UK facility. About 13 prototypes will be drivable, and the remaining purposed for static tests for high-speed and low-speed crash performance and structural durability.

Release Date

Polestar plans to launch the 5 at the end of 2024, but it has already started the marketing activities. The company brought a camouflaged Polestar 5 prototype at the Goodwood Festival of Speed from June 23 to 26, 2022, and drove it up the iconic hill twice daily. Current production models and the electric roadster concept from the Polestar portfolio were also present at the 2022 edition of the iconic British motoring event.

Polestar expects to sell 11,000 units of the 5 in 2024 and 30,000 units in 2025. It sees the 2, 3, and 4 as high-volume cars. The 5 will likely be a niche model debuting the brand’s high-value innovations and elevating its reputation to bring it on par with established luxury brands.

With four electric cars in its line-up, Polestar aims to ramp up sales to 290,000 units by 2025, from 29,000 units achieved in 2021. The company has received more than 32,000 Polestar 2 orders from the start of 2022 till June 15, 2022. It is targeting to grow its revenue from USD 1.6 billion (estimated) in 2021 to USD 17.8 billion in 2025. It expects its EBIT to reach break-even at the end of 2023 and grow to USD 1.6 billion in 2025.

Polestar market expansion

Polestar was present in 10 markets in 2020, and then in 2021, it entered 9 new markets. From 19 markets in 2021, it has grown to over 25 markets as of October 12, 2022. It plans to expand its availability to 30 markets by 2023 and may further increase its retail presence by the time of deliveries of the Polestar 5 in 2024.

Polestar wants to grow its retail presence globally from close to 130 outlets currently to 160 outlets by the end of 2022. Austin, London, Shenzen, Madrid, Reykjavik, Tel Aviv, and Vancouver are among the cities in existing and new markets where more Polestar Spaces and Destinations are coming up. According to a report Automotive News published on December 2, 2021, in the U.S. specifically, Polestar intends to increase showrooms from 25 to 38 by 2022 and then to 50 outlets by 2023.

Satellite sales offices are also part of the global expansion plan, aimed at the smallest of the small markets, which are unmissable. Lastly, it will tie up with local importers in some markets where it cannot or doesn’t want to establish its own sales network.

Polestar retail stores gain unique soundtracks

Polestar 5 front three quarter prototype Goodwood
The range-topping Polestar 5 will sport a dual-motor powertrain targeted to produce 871 hp and 664 lb.-ft. of torque. Image Source: Polestar

Polestar announced on March 8, 2022, that it has teamed up with Lisa Nordstrom, a Swedish musician, to develop unique sounds for Polestar retail outlets to enhance the brand experience for customers. Rong Guan, the brand’s retail architect, believes that “one often uses more than one sense to experience things,” and a multi-sensory approach is essential to attract customers.

The nine-hour audio file is divided into four tracks; morning, mid-day, afternoon, and evening. The soundtracks are available across 50 different streaming platforms, and drivers can also stream them in their Polestar 2 EV. This development should support the upcoming Polestar 5, at both the car and retail levels. The artist has vast musical experience, from movies to experimental radiophonic compositions.

Emissions to be halved by 2030

Ingenlath has revealed that in 2021, the brand reduced emissions per car sold by 6%, owing to the improved vehicle efficiency and enhanced focus on lessening the Polestar’s impact on nature. The marque’s goals are ambitious, as it aims to build an entirely emissions-free car by 2030 (Project 0).

Electric vehicles are inherently zero emissions thanks to zero tailpipe emissions but their manufacturing process still includes a lot of emissions. Polestar’s EV due in 2030 would be manufactured using 100% green processes. In the run-up to 2030, the brand plans to reduce carbon emissions by 50% per sold car. By 2040, the brand plans to become climate neutral across its value chain.

TopElectricSUV says

Polestar 5 official information
Polestar’s Q3 2022 investor update (published in Nov 2022) confirms what we know about the Polestar 5: Late 2024 release, premium coupe (F) segment, USD 100k+ price segment & 600+ km (373+ mi) WLTP range.

The Polestar 5 will be a pure electric four-door GT with a sleek wind-cheating design, a luxurious four- or five-seat interior, extremely high performance, and a long range. It is likely to be way ahead of the Tesla Model S in many aspects and still cost much lower. With Polestar’s UK R&D team developing the car, the 5 is likely to be a true driver’s car that offers a phenomenal ride and handling and plenty of excitement despite being a BEV.

Polestar 5 FAQs

What is the Polestar 5 release date?

The Polestar 5 will go on sale in the first markets in late 2024.

Which cars will be Polestar 5 rivals?

The Polestar 5 will compete with the likes of the Tesla Model S, Porsche Taycan, and the Audi e-tron GT.

What will be the Polestar 5 price?

The base Polestar 5 should start at around USD 100,000 in the United States.

Featured image: TopElectricSUV’s render of the Polestar 5