The Polestar 4 Is A Very Quick, Fully Electric Crossover Coupe With No Back Window

Kevin Williams
by Kevin Williams

Polestar’s latest vehicle might be missing one key thing.

We knew that the Polestar 4 would be essentially a coupe-ized version of the Polestar 3 crossover. And yet, the execution still took us by surprise. The all-new Polestar 4 EV crossover coupe is a lighting-fast EV that doesn’t have a back window.

Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath went out of his way to push the team to really differentiate the Polestar 4 from merely being yet another big SUV with a rakish roofline. “Rather than simply modifying an existing SUV, giving it a faster roofline and as a result, compromising elements like rear headroom and comfort, we have designed Polestar 4 from the ground up as a new breed of SUV coupe that celebrates rear occupant comfort and experience,” said Ingenlath.

It’s not like the Polestar 3 crossover was particularly upright. It too was a fairly rakish design for being marketed as a normal crossover. The Polestar definitely chops the roof and the rear overhang for a more curt appearance. But, there’s no rear window – a design detail that we may have handwaved away when we first saw it on the Polestar Precept concept. In its place, the glass roof comes down further down, slipping behind the rear seat occupants. Polestar says this new ethos is meant to create a new, immersive rear passenger experience, and offers an ambiance that Polestar says is unique.

If you’re concerned about privacy or visibility, the Polestar 4’s roof is electrochromic, allowing the occupants to flip the switch between opaque and transparent at the touch of a button. A camera replaces the rear glass, with the feed going to a screen that replaces the rearview mirror. It’s cool and sleek, although we aren’t sure how well this will work in the flesh.

The interior of the Polestar 4 is markedly different from the Polestar 3. Instead of the long, portrait-style infotainment center screen, the Polestar 4 has a wider and square-shaped unit in its place. The center console takes up more real estate, and overall, the look is far more sporty than its comparatively pedestrian sister model. Like the Polestar 3, the Polestar 4 uses a bevy of recycled materials and the like to form a more sustainable interior.

Underneath, the Polestar 4 uses the same new SEA platform found under the Polestar 3, and a few other Geely Holdings affiliate vehicles. Its most powerful version will have a dual-motor setup good for 544 horsepower, allowing for a positively nippy 0-60 time of 3.8 seconds. A super-sized 102 kWh battery feeds the long-range variants of the Polestar 4. No official word on the range, but Polestar wants the single-motor long-range variant to do more than 300 miles on the EPA cycle.

The Polestar won’t go on sale until November 2023, first starting in China. Then, North America will get the car in early 2024. Pricing isn’t finalized yet, but the brand says that the Polestar 4 will start at a relative featherweight price of $60,000. Could this car bring the Tesla Model Y to its knees? We’ll soon find out.

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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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