Polestar 3 — it ain’t exactly cheap

Riley Riley

Polestar has confirmed pricing for its new fully electric SUV.

Based on Volvo’s flagship EX90, the Polestar 3 (P3) is slated for release in the first quarter of 2024, but the company is already taking orders now.

In fact, it has already received almost 7000 expressions of interest since the electric SUV was unveiled in October.

Two versions are headed our way:

  • Long range Dual motor, priced from $132,900
  • Long range Dual motor with Performance Pack, from $141,900

In other words it won’t be cheap. Standard equipment, however, is extensive.

Both versions include air suspension, a full-length panoramic glass roof, LED lighting inside and out, retractable door handles with proximity sensing and 21-inch alloys.

If you get in quick, the Plus Pack and Pilot Pack will be fitted as standard for the first model year.

They include a raft of premium, luxury, and convenience features like a 25-speaker audio system from Bowers & Wilkins with 3D surround sound and Dolby Atmos capability, soft-closing doors, head-up display and Pilot Assist.

The dual-motor configuration with power bias towards the rear produces 360kW of power and 840Nm of torque.

With the optional Performance Pack, torque rises to 910Nm.

A 111 kWh battery pack provides Polestar 3 with a driving range of up to 610km (WLTP).

The lithium-ion battery features a prismatic cell design housed in a protective aluminium case with boron steel reinforcement and liquid cooling.

A heat pump is included as standard, which uses ambient heat for climate and battery preconditioning.

P3 is also equipped for bidirectional charging, enabling future potential for vehicle-to-grid and plug-and-charge capabilities.

Adjustable one-pedal drive is included, as well as an electric torque vectoring dual clutch function on the rear axle – an evolution of what was first developed for Polestar 1.

A decoupling function allows the car to run only on the front electric motor to save energy under certain circumstances.

P3 is the first model to feature centralised computing, using a Nvidia Drive core computer which processes data from  multiple sensors and cameras to enable advanced driver-assistance features.

The car has a total of five radar modules, five external cameras and 12 external ultrasonic sensors to support numerous safety features.

The optional Pilot Pack with LiDAR from Luminar adds an additional control unit from Nvidia, three cameras, four ultrasonic sensors and cleaning for the front- and rear-view cameras, providing accurate real-time data about surroundings — especially long-range.

It helps prepare the car for autonomous driving, but vehicles ordered with LiDAR are not expected to arrive until the second half of 2024.

Inside, two closed-loop driver monitoring cameras bring leading eye tracking technology from Smart Eye to a Polestar for the first time.

The cameras monitor the driver’s eyes and can trigger warning messages, sounds and even an emergency stop function when detecting a distracted, drowsy or disconnected driver.

P3 is also the fist car in the world to feature four interior radar sensors, capable of detecting sub-millimetre movements in the cabin to help protect against accidentally leaving children or pets inside.

The system is also linked to the climate control system to help avoid heat stroke or hypothermia.

The car boasts the latest evolution of Android Automotive OS which is controlled via a 14.5-inch Tesla-style touchscreen.

P3 features three alternatives when it comes to upholstery: animal welfare secured Nappa leather, bio-attributed MicroTech vinyl or  animal welfare certified wool.

Each material has been carefully selected and developed to create a more sustainable expression of premium. 


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