In June of this year, Polestar teased the third member of its model portfolio. Following on from the 2017 Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid coupe and Polestar 2 electric crossover, the Polestar 3 will go on sale next year and will be produced in the United States at the same plant where the next-generation Volvo XC90 will be assembled. The two vehicles will not only share the same production lines but also the same platform.
While both will be based on the same architecture and have many components and technologies in common, the Polestar 3’s powertrain will be tailor-made for the model. The specially designed engine will give the model “a top horsepower position that is unique to Polestar,” which likely means it will be more powerful than the more powerful engine option in the new XC90.
At IAA Mobility in Munich, Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath confirmed Car and driver Single and dual engine powertrain configurations will be available. “I really see this as a good combination, at the end of the day the twin engine has a bit more power and acceleration, but there are a lot of people who don’t need that thrill,” he said. he declared to the publication. “And there are a lot of people who don’t need all-wheel drive. So in Norway or Austria we will always sell more all-wheel drive. But in China or the United States, a lot of people are happy with the single engine.
Car and driverThe report also confirms that the Polestar 3 will have two rows of seats – something that was already evident from the single teaser image released earlier this year. The move was prompted by the crossover’s sleeker roofline compared to the XC90 and the fact that Polestar wants to differentiate its product better from Volvo’s flagship SUV.
By the way, Polestar recently announced plans to expand its business to around 30 global markets by the end of next year. During the interview in Munich, Thomas Ingenlath also said he wanted his company to reach the 100,000th production mark, and that the new Polestar 3 should play a key role in this plan. A production version of the Precept concept could also help with the task, as “being a brand that only had SUVs would be terrifying” for the CEO.