Polestar’s First SUV, Polestar 3, Set for Release in 2022

Polestar gave a first peek at its future electric SUV, the Polestar 3, which will be the first car built in the United States for the Volvo performance sub-brand.

The SUV, which is slated to hit the market in 2022, will compete with electric vehicles such as the Tesla Model X, Audi E-tron, Mercedes-Benz EQC, Rivian R1S, and Fisker Ocean. The Polestar will be produced at Volvo’s facility in Charleston, South Carolina, making it the company’s first electric vehicle made in the United States.

“We will construct in America for Americans,” says Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath.

The Polestar 3 will have a partially automated driving system for highway driving, in addition to being a higher-riding car than the Polestar 2 fastback sedan. This is due to the incorporation of a lidar sensor from Luminar, which also supplies Volvo with components for hands-free highway driving.

Highway Pilot will be included in Volvo’s next major platform update, the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA2), which will debut in 2022 with the next-generation XC90 SUV and Polestar 3. The XC40 Recharge and the C40 Recharge will likewise be powered by SPA2.

Polestar, which began as a performance sub-brand of Volvo, has recently emerged as one of the more fascinating electric vehicle firms on the market. Volvo and Volvo’s parent company, Geely, jointly own the company, which recently revealed plans to go public by merging with a special acquisition company, or SPAC.

Polestar has only released two vehicles so far: the $155,000 Polestar 1 hybrid coupe and the all-electric Polestar 2 fastback sedan. The Polestar 3 SUV will debut in 2022, followed by the Polestar 4 small SUV in 2023, and the Polestar 5 (née Precept) sports sedan in 2024.

The Polestar 3’s important parameters, such as pricing, battery size, range, and motor arrangement, are currently unknown. For what it’s worth, the Polestar 2 has a 78kWh battery pack that allows for a range of 291 miles (470 kilometers). The electric motor produces 408 horsepower, which enables a 0–60 time of fewer than five seconds.

During a Manhattan event informing investors on Polestar’s three-year business plan, the vehicle was previewed.

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