Currently reading: Polestar prioritises sporting character for new 3 SUV
3 will be more powerful, aerodynamic and luxurious than Volvo's seven-seat replacement for the XC90
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19 October 2021

Autocar has learned further details about the forthcoming Polestar 3 from company CEO Thomas Ingenlath, after a previously released image of the SUV under a sheet gave strong clues about its size and positioning.

Ingenlath confirmed that the new car will have two rows of seats rather than three – despite the sales bonanza currently being enjoyed by three-row SUVs in the US, where it will be built.

“I’ve got nothing against three rows per se,” he said, “but the second we did that, you guys would be asking what was the differentiation to the [Volvo] XC90.”

The successor to today’s XC90, as previewed by the Concept Recharge earlier this year, will share its EV-only platform with its Polestar sibling, but it is expected to have a less overtly sporting focus.

“Having two rows gives the opportunity to give the car that aerodynamic roofline, and it gives the chance to emphasise the space between the first and second rows – which really gives the second row a luxurious feeling,” said Ingenlath.

The Polestar 3 will be made in the South Carolina plant that currently assembles the Volvo S60 and will also build the next-generation XC90, but European versions will be built at a separate facility in China.

Ingenlath confirmed that, as with the Polestar 2, the company plans to offer both single-motor and dual-motor versions of the 3, although some markets may get only one powertrain.

“I definitely see that as a good combination,” said Ingenlath. “At the end of the day, the twin-motor has a bit more power and acceleration, but there are plenty of people who don’t need that thrill. And there are lots 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 US, lots of people are happy with the single motor.”

He also hinted that the 3 will be more potent than its closely related XC90 successor and promised a “top power position that is unique to Polestar”.

The production-ready 3 will appear next year, with European customer deliveries scheduled to take place in the first quarter of 2023.

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Bimfan 19 October 2021

There's a disconnect between the terms Sporty, Volvo mechanicals, and SUV that I don't think Polestar will manage to overcome.

I guess they are trying to emulate Cupra here, but are starting from too far back in my view.

Citytiger 19 October 2021
Bimfan wrote:

There's a disconnect between the terms Sporty, Volvo mechanicals, and SUV that I don't think Polestar will manage to overcome.

I guess they are trying to emulate Cupra here, but are starting from too far back in my view.

You do realise that Polestar started off as a world championship winning race team dont you, what you may not realise though, is that in 2016 they took a fairly standard Polestar S60 and without really trying, broke the Nurburging record for a 4 door saloon. So what gives you the impression that they are behind Cupra exactly? Also bear in mind, the platform is probably going to be shared with Lotus, and they do know a bit about "sporty" as well believe it or not.  If they want to make a sporty SUV, I think they have the ability. 

Andrew1 19 October 2021
What kind of sports will you be doing with this sporty Sports Utility Vehicle?
xxxx 19 October 2021

So as I understand it, the polestar 3 is 5 seater rather than a 7 seater so as to differentiate it from the XC90, what will differentiate it from the XC60 then.

Andrew1 19 October 2021
Size?