2023 Polestar 3: Prices, specs and release date
- Polestar 3 performance SUV revealed with futuristic styling and advanced digital interior
- 111kWh battery gives a range of up to 379 miles
- Prices start from £79,900, first deliveries expected in winter 2023
The new 2023 Polestar 3 is the first large SUV from this fast-growing electric car brand. It is a high-performance model with the range and acceleration to take on rivals such as the BMW iX, Jaguar I-Pace, Audi e-tron, Mercedes-Benz EQC and Tesla Model X.
The Polestar 3 follows the successful Polestar 2. It sits above this electric crossover and brings the Polestar brand to a new audience. With production planned in both China and the United States, it should quickly become a significant car on the global stage.
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2023 Polestar 3 prices and release date
Prices for the new 2023 Polestar 3 start from £79,900 for a car in Long Range Dual Motor specification. A Performance Pack version will also be available; it costs £5,600 more, taking the price to £85,500.
The new Polestar 3 is open for orders now. The company says production will start in summer 2023, and it will be released in the UK in winter 2023. The configurator is fully operational, so those keen to be first in line to buy or lease a new Polestar 3 can get busy creating their ideal spec.
2023 Polestar 3 styling, interior and technology
The new Polestar 3 advances the sleek Scandinavian minimalism this startup premium brand is well known for. It is a large machine, measuring 4.9 metres long and, with door mirrors included, more than 2.1 metres wide. It still manages to look sporty, though – and boasts an impressive drag factor (Cd) of just 0.29.
As standard, the new Polestar 3 features 21-inch alloy wheels. There’s also a full-length panoramic glass roof and retractable door handles with proximity sensors. The Polestar 3 Performance Pack gains 22-inch forged alloy wheels and subtle ‘Swedish gold’ detailing.
Inside, the Polestar 3 has a cool, modern interior. The centrepiece is a 14.5-inch touchscreen display, which runs the Android Automotive operating system. This includes built-in Google Assistant, Google Maps and the Google Play app store. There is an additional 9.0-inch driver display, too.
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As for safety tech, the Polestar 3 is the firm’s first car to use centralised computing via the Nvidia Drive core computer. This ‘AI brain’ allows the Nvidia platform to access and process data from the Polestar 3’s various sensors and cameras (including five radar modules, five external cameras and 12 ultrasonic sensors) to deliver advanced driver assistance safety features and driver monitoring.
The Polestar 3 will have a large and roomy five-seat interior. Standard equipment for the first year of launch includes the Plus Pack and Pilot Pack, bringing a standard 25-speaker Bowers & Wilkins 3D surround-sound audio system, soft-close doors, a head-up display and Pilot Assist. There’s even an illuminated Polestar logo in the panoramic glass roof.
The Polestar 3 has a 484-litre boot with the seats up, which includes a 90-litre underfloor stowage area. With the seats folded, space grows to 1,411 litres. There’s also an additional 32-litre front stowage compartment, which is handy for the charging cables.
2023 Polestar 3 EV batteries, performance and fuel economy
The new Polestar 3 launches in Long Range Dual Motor guise. The front and rear electric motors deliver a combined 489PS and 840Nm of torque. With the aid of four-wheel drive traction, 0-62mph takes 5.0 seconds – pretty swift for a vehicle weighing around 2.6 tonnes. The new Polestar 3 Performance Pack pushes power up to 517PS, while torque grows to 910Nm. Zero to 62mph takes 4.7 seconds. Top speed for both models is limited to 130mph.
Both Polestar 3 versions use the same high-capacity 111kWh battery, from fast-growing supplier CATL. The regular Polestar 3 has a range of up to 379 miles; the Polestar 3 Performance Pack offers up to 360 miles. Courtesy of ultra-rapid DC charging at speeds of up to 250kW, it can charge from 10-80 percent in 30 minutes.
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Dual-chamber air suspension features on both Polestar 3 models, with a Polestar Engineered tuning makeover for the Polestar 3 Performance Pack. The company says the fully adaptive dampers can be varied once every two milliseconds, giving performance and precision without spoiling everyday comfort. Despite being a large SUV, we’re promised it still offers the ‘Polestar feeling’.
The new Polestar 3 has torque vectoring dual-clutch functionality on the rear axle, a development of the system first seen on the original Polestar 1. The rear electric motor can also be decoupled, allowing the Polestar 3 to drive using only its front electric motor. This helps save energy and improve the everyday driving range.
When does the new 2023 Polestar 3 arrive in the UK?
The new Polestar 3 is open for orders now. It arrives in the UK towards the end of 2023.
Can the new Polestar 3 drive itself with autonomous drive tech?
From April 2023, those buying or leasing a new Polestar 3 will be able to order an optional Pilot Pack with Lidar from Luminar. This enables 3D scanning of the car’s surroundings in greater detail and ‘helps prepare the car for autonomous driving’.
Where is the new Polestar 3 built?
The new Polestar 3 will initially be built in China, with production starting in summer 2023. From mid-2024, production will also commence at the Volvo South Carolina facility in the United States, for supply to North America and other markets.
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