The Polestar 3 luxury electric crossover is presented. The novelty was developed jointly by Geely and Volvo: the Chinese side shared the SEA platform and electronic filling, the Swedish side was responsible for the brand’s new corporate identity. So far, the only rich equipment of the Polestar 3 has been revealed with a twin-engine all-wheel drive 489-horsepower unit and a 111-kilowatt-hour traction battery for 90,000 euros.
Polestar 3 is a large crossover with a length of 4.9 meters and a wheelbase of 2.9 meters. The novelty has small overhangs, impressive two-tone 21-inch wheels, ground clearance – 211 millimeters, curb weight – 2.6 tons. The design is Scandinavianly discreet: iconic solutions include a slotted hood that generates downforce, mirrors on tricky legs and headlights with branded T-shaped daytime running lights.
Polestar 3 is based on Geely’s modular SEA platform. The traction battery is located between the axles, in the front there is a double wishbone suspension, in the rear there is a multi-link. Air struts and adaptive dampers are standard, as are four-piston Brembo brakes.
So far, the only twin-engine version has been announced: with the Performance Pack, the output is 517 horsepower and 910 Nm, without it – 489 horsepower and 840 Nm. The fastest Polestar 3 does 100 kilometers per hour in 4.7 seconds and is capable of reaching 210 kilometers per hour. The power reserve is 483 kilometers according to the American EPA methodology and 610 kilometers according to the European WLTP standards.
The salon is decorated simply: there are no “extra” switches, the entire interface is tied to a 14.5-inch portrait-oriented tablet with the Android Automotive operating system. There is a digital instrument panel and a projection screen, but the multifunction steering wheel is unpretentious.
Finishing materials testify to the “premium” of the novelty: natural wool, artificial perforated leather, expensive plastics. Polestar 3 also has an impressive panoramic roof.
Particular attention is paid to electronic assistants: two cameras monitor the driver’s condition, and if necessary, driving can be entrusted to electronics that analyze information from five radars, five cameras and a dozen ultrasonic sensors. Of course, the capabilities of the autopilot are limited: if the driver becomes ill, the crossover will simply park on the side of the road.
At first, the Polestar 3 will only be assembled in China at the Geely factory; the start of production is scheduled for the summer of 2023. In another year, the electric crossover will be registered at the American Volvo plant. Deliveries are promised to begin in the fall of 2023, but estimated prices are already known – from 90,000 euros in the Old World and from 85,300 dollars on the other side of the ocean.