Polestar’s third vehicle will be an SUV, with coupe-like styling clothing an all-new electric-only platform.
The 2022 Polestar 3 has been teased, as the Volvo-owned electric performance brand’s first SUV model – and Polestar’s Australian launch in November 2021 could open the door to a local release.
An image released by Polestar overnight (above) previews the silhouette of the “aerodynamic electric performance SUV”, and while the sheet hiding the vehicle obscures specific design details, the Polestar 3’s high driving position but coupe-inspired sloping roofline are visible, along with what appears to be a fixed rear spoiler similar to the new Volvo C40 Recharge.
Large alloy wheels (likely of a 21- or 22-inch diameter) will fill the wheel arches, while the outline of a sloping beltline and ‘floating’ rear-most pillar can be seen through the vehicle’s cover.
A first for the brand, production of the new SUV for the US market will occur at Volvo’s plant in Ridgeville, South Carolina – though it’s not clear whether models destined for other markets will be built elsewhere, such as China, which is home to production of Polestar’s first two vehicles, the Polestar 1 hybrid coupe and Polestar 2 electric sedan.
Above: The Polestar Precept concept, claimed to be a preview of the brand’s future design language.
The South Carolina factory currently builds the Volvo S60 sedan for Australia, the US and other markets, and will eventually produce the next-generation Volvo XC90 large SUV – a vehicle that, once it launches in 2022, will offer an all-electric option.
Powertrain details for the Polestar 3 have yet to be confirmed, however the Swedish performance brand says it will “debut the new-generation of electric-vehicle architecture from Volvo Car Group, which has been designed from scratch for full electrification.”
While the exact architecture that will be used hasn’t been named, it’s highly likely the Polestar 3 will employ parent company Geely’s Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA), also set to underpin a future sub-XC40 Volvo ‘XC20’ city SUV.
The Chinese parent promises the platform can support vehicles from city cars to full-size SUVs, driving the front, rear or all wheels with up to three electric motors and/or a range-extending petrol engine.
Vehicles on the platform can be capable of a sub-three-second 0-100km/h sprint time, along with a maximum driving range on the more lenient NEDC test cycle of over 700km – and given Polestar’s performance focus, it’s likely it will look to harness the platform’s full capabilities.
Above: Geely’s SEA platform.
Also set to feature in the Polestar 3 is Volvo’s latest infotainment system based on Google’s Android Automotive platform, along with “high-end, safety-focused autonomous driving features”.
“Polestar 3 will be built in America, for our American customers. I remember the great response when I first shared Polestar’s vision here in the USA and I am proud that our first SUV will be manufactured in South Carolina. From now on, the USA is no longer an export market but a home market”, said Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath.
An Australian launch for the Polestar 3 has yet to be confirmed, however should a right-hand-drive version of the vehicle be built, Australia’s thirst for performance SUVs means a local launch would be highly likely.
The Polestar 3 would follow the existing Polestar 2 into showrooms, which launches as Polestar’s first vehicle in Australia in late 2021, ahead of first customer deliveries in early 2022.
As reported by CarAdvice, Polestar is considering a direct sales model through pop-up stores, with Australian buyers likely to be faced with a fixed pricing model.
The 2022 Polestar 3 electric performance SUV will enter production in 2022.
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2022 Polestar 3: US-built electric performance SUV teased