Polestar has an ambitious plan to launch an all-new model every year until at least 2026. The performance-oriented Swedish brand unveiled the 3 SUV with a huge 111.0 kilowatt-hour battery in October this year and it also wants grow in the small utility segments. A subcompact crossover is believed to be in development and we have a new render giving a glimpse of the future electric vehicle.
Our friends at Engine.es are the first to preview this upcoming zero-emission B-segment crossover (under European nomenclature) and the publication was kind enough to share their exclusive preview with us. What you see in the photo is a small, battery-powered crossover with a coupe-inspired roofline, muscular side profile and distinctive Polestar front fascia. It’s not the prettiest model, that’s for sure, but that’s what the reality generally looks like in this segment.
It’s far too early to predict what will be hiding under the skin, however, we do know some of the preliminary details. According to available information, the as-yet-unnamed crossover will be based on Geely’s SEA platform. It is a modular architecture designed specifically for fully electric vehicles. In this case, the word on the street is that base models will have a single electric motor on the rear axle, while there could also be a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive model.
The Polestar subcompact electric crossover will face some serious competition, though. Mini is working on the new Aceman, which will be positioned in the same league. Further competition will come from Volvo, Polestar’s sister brand within the Geely family, which will launch the EX30 sometime next year. The two, however, will be different in terms of power and features. The EX30 and Polestar’s small crossover will share the same platform, which is also used by the Smart #1.
We don’t know when the new Polestar small crossover will arrive. The company’s plans for 2023 include the launch of the Polestar 4 compact luxury SUV and we suspect we won’t see the smaller model until the middle of the decade.
Note: The 2022 Polestar 3 is pictured in the gallery.