Polestar, which is Volvo’s spinoff brand that only makes electric vehicles, is entering the world of electric SUVs with the 2023 Polestar 3. The Polestar 3 will share its platform with the upcoming Volvo EX90. The electric SUV will be the first Polestar to be built in America and is the first EV that has been developed from the beginning as an electric SUV from Polestar.
The 2023 Polestar 3 doesn’t look like any other EV from Polestar, featuring an aggressive front end and an upscale rear end. The SUV is wearing Y-shaped headlights, a grille-less front end with a heated SmartZone panel, and an aero wing that’s built into the hood. The SUV’s sweeping D-pillar feeds into a roof spoiler. At the back, the SUV has slim taillights that are connected and hefty black body cladding on the rear bumper.
In keeping with Polestar’s less is more theme, the Polestar 3 has a simplistic, yet modern design. The dashboard has a simple look with a slight curve in the middle, while a large central touchscreen is the main standout feature. In a move to look modern, the Polestar 3 has minimal physical controls. While Polestar hasn’t released interior dimensions for the 3, we expect the SUV to have a roomy cabin with generous seating for up to five.
Polestar fits the 3 SUV with a nine-inch digital instrument cluster and a 14.5-inch touchscreen. The infotainment system utilizes Android Automotive OS with built-in Google applications. Other standard features will include a 25-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth, a wireless charging pad, four USB-C ports, and a head-up display.
Every Polestar 3 comes standard with two electric motors and all-wheel drive. The standard setup is good for 489 horsepower, while the available Performance trim makes 517 hp. The more powerful Performance trim can get to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. All SUVs come with a 107-kWh battery pack. The standard model has an estimated range of roughly 300 miles, while the Performance trim has an estimated range of 270 miles.
The 2023 Polestar 3 will come with nearly every conceivable safety feature as standard. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, run-off road mitigation, oncoming lane mitigation, a driver alert monitor, adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, a surround-view camera, and blind spot monitoring will be standard.