In Pictures: All-new Polestar 3 revealed (and leasing enquiries now open)

Date Posted 13th October 2022
Read Time 6 min read

Bringing Scandinavian minimalism to the road, the all-new Polestar 3 SUV ushers in a new era for the electric vehicle market.

The all-new Polestar 3 combines powerful electric performance with a distinct design and desirable driving dynamics.

The SUV’s new aerodynamic profile has a strong focus on retaining the hallmarks of an attractive, and powerful sports utility vehicle. Alongside it’s captivating wide stance, the Polestar 3 3 comes with a new aerodynamic profile.

Led by subtle yet effective aerodynamic optimisation, the Polestar 3 includes a front aero wing integrated into the bonnet, an aero wing integrated into the rear spoiler, and rear aero blades.

Designed as a Polestar from the start, the SUV features new defining characteristics on the exterior, like the dual blade headlights. With a spate of brand-new tech and safety features. Here’s everything you need to know about the Polestar 3…

Polestar 3: Interior design

Materials used inside Polestar 3 have been selected for their sustainability credentials, while raising premium aesthetics and luxury tactility. These include bio-attributed MicroTech, animal welfare-certified leather and fully traceable wool upholsteries.

A complete life-cycle assessment (LCA) will be completed on Polestar 3 when production begins. More assessments will follow throughout its life cycle and work will continue to constantly find ways of reducing its carbon footprint.

Polestar 3: Standard specs

The list of standard equipment in Polestar 3 is extensive, with few options for easy configuration and simplified production logistics. All versions include air suspension, a full-length panoramic glass roof, all-LED lighting inside and out, retractable door handles with proximity sensing, and 21-inch alloy wheels.

The Plus Pack and Pilot Pack are fitted as standard for the first model year and 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, a head-up display and Pilot Assist.

Available to order from the second quarter of 2023, the optional Pilot Pack with LiDAR from Luminar will add 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 the car’s surroundings especially in the long-range field. This enables enhanced 3D scanning of the car’s surroundings in greater detail and helps prepare the car for autonomous driving.

Polestar 3: Tech and connectivity

Polestar 3 is the first car from Polestar to feature centralised computing with the NVIDIA DRIVE core computer, running software from Volvo Cars. Serving as the AI brain, NVIDIA’s high-performance automotive platform processes data from the car’s multiple sensors and cameras to enable advanced driver-assistance safety features and driver monitoring.

Android Automotive OS is the in-car operating system, co-developed with Google and fronted by a 14.5-inch centre display. It is an evolution of the technology first launched in Polestar 2 – the first car in the world with Google built-in – and a revolution of functionality and design for the large SUV segment. Over-the-air (OTA) updates are included to allow for continuous software improvement and the introduction of new features without the need to visit a service point.

The infotainment system is powered by a next-generation Snapdragon Cockpit Platform from Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.  As a central component of the Snapdragon Digital Chassis – a comprehensive set of open and scalable cloud-connected automotive platforms – the Snapdragon Cockpit Platform will be utilised to provide immersive in-vehicle experiences with its high-performance capabilities to deliver high-definition displays, premium quality surround sound and seamless connectivity throughout the vehicle.

Polestar 3: Safety features

Polestar 3 carries next-generation advanced active and passive safety technology from Volvo Cars as part of its DNA. This includes the latest innovation – interior radar sensors that can detect sub-millimetre movements in the interior of the car. This helps protect against accidentally leaving children, pets, or other important belongings inside. The system is also linked to the climate control system to avoid heat stroke or hypothermia.

Industry-leading safety technology partners like Zenseact, Luminar and Smart Eye, provide Polestar 3 with cutting-edge ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) technology that integrates seamlessly thanks to the centralised computing power.

As standard, Polestar 3 features a total of five radar modules, five external cameras and twelve external ultrasonic sensors to support numerous advanced safety features. The SmartZone below the front aero wing collects several of the forward-facing sensors, a heated radar module and camera, and now becomes a signature of Polestar design.

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

Polestar 3: Electric motor capabilities

Polestar 3 launches with a dual-motor configuration and a power bias towards the rear. The standard car produces a total of 360 kW (489 hp) and 840 Nm of torque. With the optional Performance Pack, total output is 380 kW (517 hp) and 910 Nm.

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 is also available for the rear electric motor, allowing the car to run only on the front electric motor to save energy under certain circumstances.

Advanced chassis control is provided by dual-chamber air suspension as standard, allowing Polestar 3 to adapt between comfort and dynamic suspension characteristics, and the car can adjust its active damper velocity, electronically, once every two milliseconds (500 Hz).

Polestar 3: Driving and performance

A 111 kWh battery pack provides Polestar 3 with generous driving range of up to 379 miles WLTP (preliminary). 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, helping Polestar 3 utilise ambient heat for climate and battery pre-conditioning. Polestar 3 is also equipped for bidirectional charging, enabling future potential for vehicle-to-grid and plug-and-charge capabilities.

The optional Performance Pack sharpens driving dynamics even further and includes the maximum power and torque output (380 kW, 517hp and 910 Nm), along with performance optimisation for the air suspension, unique 22-inch forged alloy wheels and additional signature ‘Swedish gold’ details.

Polestar 3 is the first car on a new all-electric technology base developed by and shared with Volvo Cars. Production for initial launch is planned to begin in Volvo Cars’ facility in Chengdu, China, from mid-2023, with first deliveries expected in the fourth quarter of 2023.

At launch, the Polestar 3 Long range Dual motor (360 kW, 489hp, 840 Nm) is available with an indicative launch price of £79,900. Hippo Leasing is currently taking enquiries for Polestar 3 leasing, please get in touch with our team on 01254 956666.

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