The Polestar 3 Looks Ready To Compete In The Luxury EV Crossover Space

Kevin Williams
by Kevin Williams

The Sino-Swedish brand is aiming straight for the Tesla Model Y.

It’s officially here; unveiled in Copenhagen, the Polestar 3 is a fully electric crossover and the third model in the Polestar lineup. We’ve seen teasers and tightly cropped photos, but now the vehicle has been fully unveiled in all its glory. Also, the Polestar 3 marks the start of Polestar’s US production. The Polestar 3 will be made either in the US or in its plant in Chengdu, China.

Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath called the Polestar 3 a “powerful electric SUV that appeals to the senses with a distinct, Scandinavian design and excellent driving dynamics.” Styling-wise, the Polestar 3 looks to be a fairly standard evolution of the Polestar 2, and it seems to walk away from the Volvo styling cues used on other models. It’s the first production iteration of the styling language found in the Polestar Precept concept.

Inside, freestanding screens comprise the infotainment and gauge clusters. The infotainment is powered by a Google-developed car OS, with over-the-air updates.

The Polestar 3’s power comes from a twin-motor setup providing rear-biased AWD. In standard form, the power is good for 489 HP and 620 ft/lbs of torque. Opting for the performance pack raises output to 517 horsepower and 671 ft/lbs of torque. A 111-kilowatt-hour battery provides juice to those drive motors, for an estimated 300 miles of range.

So far, only the long-range, dual-motor Polestar will be available at launch. The base price will be $83,900, not including the $1,400 destination fee. In Canada, the base price is $97,400, not including a $2,500 CAD destination fee. This trim will come with the Plus and Pilot packs already equipped, but the Performance pack will be an option available from the second quarter of 2023, for $6,000. ($7,000 CAD)

The Polestar 3 is expected to reach customers by the fourth quarter of 2023.

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Kevin Williams
Kevin Williams

Kevin has been obsessed with cars ever since he could talk. He even learned to read partially by learning and reading the makes and models on the back of cars, only fueling his obsession. Today, he is an automotive journalist and member of the Automotive Press Association. He is well-versed in electrification, hybrid cars, and vehicle maintenance.

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