Polestar CEO explains Polestar 3

Polestar CEO explains Polestar 3

Polestar it took its time before expanding its scope and establishing itself on North American soil. With the introduction of the Polestar 2 Single Motor sold at the lowest price and the imminent arrival of its first SUV, Polestar 3, Volvo’s electric division is finally taking its wanders away. Additional features of its next design are now visible.

When we tested the Polestar 2 Single Motor on the roads of New Mexico two weeks ago, the folks at Polestar preferred to keep mum about the details of their next SUV. We were told the same speech that was confirmed earlier this year: it will be a mid-size SUV, electric and joined together with the next Volvo XC90 at the Charleston, South Carolina plant. The CEO of the company, however, has gone further on the subject.

Five seats

Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath speaking to journalists at the IAA Mobility event in Munich, Germany. The first lesson was about the design of Polestar 3which, according to mr. Ingenlath, will have only two rows of seats, even if it borrows its architecture from the Volvo XC90 with three rows of seats.

According to the CEO of Polestar, this decision is based on the fact that he did not want the Polestar 3 to look like an XC90 or a Volvo product. He wanted an SUV that was unique, differentiated and, above all, focused on design and the owner’s experience, values ​​that Polestar has been promoting since its arrival on the market.

2021 Volvo XC90

However, even if it sacrifices a little space for passengers, the Polestar 3, in the opinion of Thomas Ingenlath, will have a more welcoming and luxurious cabin.

“I have no problem with our mid-size SUV having 5 seats. This decision will allow us to focus on the design of the car, introduce a narrow roof and increase the level of luxury for the second row. Above all, I want our SUV to stand out from the XC90. – he explained during his interview.

Polestar command

Two and one motors

Mr. Ingenlath also took the opportunity to reveal some of the technical characteristics of the model that will be offered with one engine or with two electric and essential motors. However, he took the time to say that the Nordic markets may only receive two-engine versions. So it wouldn’t be surprising if this was here.

The CEO of Polestar then took the time to explain that, even if it shares its batteries and its engines with the electric Volvo XC90 – which will join the range during the next redesign – the Polestar 3 will have its technical characteristics, in terms of performance and autonomy. He even promises that Polestar will always receive more powerful engines, without exception.

With the Polestar 3, the young manufacturer would like to be able to reach an annual production exceeding 100,000 copies. Although this figure is still far behind Tesla, it would nevertheless allow Polestar to establish itself as a strong player in electrification and gain credibility in the eyes of consumers. This new electric SUV will be launched early next year, to be released somewhere in the summer of 2022.


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