Volvo‘s performance car brand, Polestar, is spreading its wings and will be making electric SUVs in the US with the ambition of taking on the likes of Tesla. To be also manufactured in China, the 3 SUV is aptly named because it comes after the 2 electric fastback sedan. Polestar will assemble the 3 at Volvo’s factory in South Carolina and the first look reveals a sportier silhouette than the designs that Volvo cars come with.
The 3 is a fairly large SUV and comes with Tesla Model X-esque proportions with the tapered roofline and clean surfacing. What’s interesting is that there are not one but two spoilers at both ends which are functional and not just for aesthetic reasons. The front-end borrows the Polestar design language of being a more aggressive and comes with a radical two-part headlamp set-up. The healthy amount of cladding and good ground clearance supports the 3’s claims of being an SUV and not just a tarmac-only behemoth. The rear styling takes a departure from Volvo designs and comes with a horizontal light set-up.
At launch, the Polestar 3 will have a dual-motor drivetrain and a large battery, with a range target of over 600 km (WLTP). That puts it squarely in the segment dominated by the likes of the Germans including the Audi e-tron to the Taycan Cross Turismo. The marque is keen to compete with Porsche as a premium electric performance brand and also has a model range similar to Tesla.
This augurs well for the bold ambitions of Polestar to grow ten-fold in terms of global sales and also increase its presence to 30 global markets. A high-performance electric SUV is their ticket for that. Alongside the dual-motor set-up, we can expect a single motor lower-spec version later while autonomous highway piloting would also be available. If anything, the Polestar 3 also provides a sneak peek at the new generation Volvo XC90 since both SUVs would be built alongside in US and China. We expect the Polestar 3 to arrive at Australian shores by next year post its October 2022 debut.